Feb. 11, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The No. 32 Florida State men's tennis team (8-2) lost to No. 5 Florida (4-1) at the Ring Tennis Complex 6-1. In the windy Saturday afternoon match, Andres Bucaro was the lone Seminole to get a win for the team.
"I thought it was an excellent played match by Florida," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "They won the majority of the big points and capitalized on their opportunities. We had multiple opportunities in doubles and they managed to get out a number of games by some nice serving and net play."
In doubles play the Noles came out strong, using momentum from the crowd, to get up early on courts one and two. The No. 4 Florida duo of Billy Federhofer and Nassim Slilam defeated Davis and Kelly-Houston 8-5 on court one while the No. 41 Gator duo of Andrew Butz and Bob van Overbeek topped junior Anderson Reed and freshman Dominic Cotrone in a tiebreaker.
In singles play, the team lost all of their first sets but started coming back in the second set. At one point, the Seminoles were up in all of the second sets. On court six, Michael Alford defeated Benjamin Lock 6-4, 6-3. On court one No. 69 Bob van Overbeek defeated junior Jordan Kelly-Houston in the first set. Kelly-Houston battled hard in the second set and was up 6-5. Unable to break van Overbeek, the match went into a tiebreaker. Kelly-Houston dropped the tight match 6-3, 7-6(6).
"We had a couple windows of opportunities in singles," continued Hultquist. "I thought the key matches were when Bob van Overbeek held off one set point from Jordan (Kelly-Houston) pushing the match in the third and Spencer Newman defeating Jason (Zafiros) in a tiebreaker."
On court three, Tripper Carleton of Florida defeated sophomore Blake Davis 6-3, 6-3 to clinch the match for the Gators. On court five, senior Jason Zafiros was battling in his second set tiebreaker but No. 84 Spencer Newman won the match 6-3, 7-6 (3). Freshman Cristian Gonzalez Mendez played Nassim Slilam on court two. After losing 6-0 in the first set, he came back to win the second set. In the third set, the two battled back and forth until Slilam came out with the 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 win.
Andres Bucaro faced Florent Diep on court four. After losing the first set, the junior won his second match easily. Bucaro continued his strong play in the third set to win 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, the lone match of the day.
"I was proud of the way that Andres was able to finish off his match," finished Hultquist. "Several of our guys competed well, in particular Cristian came back from down 6-0 to win the second set and being almost right there to win the third set."
Up next for the Seminoles is Boston College on Wednesday, February 15 in Longmeadow, Mass. Follow the team on twitter at twitter.com/fsu_mtennis.