Feb. 21, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 18 Florida State men's team defeated No. 38 Georgia Tech this afternoon, Sunday February 21 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The 5-2 victory was the Seminoles' fourth consecutive win over a ranked opponent. Florida State is now 7-1 overall and 2-0 in ACC play.
"I think it was the best total team match we played as far as the doubles and the singles," head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. "I knew we were going to have to play hard against them. They are a really good team and I think they are going to get a lot of really great wins in the ACC. They're deep and they have one of the better teams in the country in Gomez."
Paving the way for the Florida State victory was senior Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) who won his singles and doubles match. The No. 77 ranked Mirzadeh, partnering with freshman Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.), held their home court with a 9-8 (7-1) tiebreaker victory on doubles court one against Dean O'Brien and Eliot Potvin. Mirzadeh proceeded to dominate in singles on court two, defeating Magin Ortiga 6-1, 6-3. The senior has now won five straight singles matches with his only loss on the year coming in three sets to No. 20 ranked Marek Michalicka of Wisconsin.
"The guy I played was pretty solid from the back," Mirzadeh explained. "I tried to really focus on putting pressure on him and putting him in uncomfortable situations. By doing that I think I helped myself out and got off the courts quick. To start 2-0 in the ACC is great and then playing Florida on Wednesday gives us confidence with a momentum boost."
Junior Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) clinched the team match after battling Georgia Tech's O'Brien on court three. No. 56 Bowles won the first set but fell behind 4-1 in set number two before rallying to clinch the 6-3, 7-5 victory.
"I actually didn't even know I clinched it until I went up to (assistant coach) Nick (Crowell) and he said good job on clinching the match," described Bowles. "I think it was a good thing because I wasn't focused on winning the match. I was down 4-1 in the second set. I was making a lot of errors so in the change over Nick just said just go ahead and play like you did in the first set. Coming in I won a lot of points when I was coming into the net."
Florida State's freshmen continued to shine, winning four of their five total matches. In addition to Smith's doubles win, freshmen Anderson Reed (Daphne, Ala.) and Andres Bucaro (Guatemala City, Guatemala) won their first ACC doubles match with an 8-6 win over Ortiga and Juan Spir. In singles play, Smith took down Spir 6-4, 7-5 and Bucaro was taken to the brink in both of his sets before dispatching Potvin 7-6 (7-4), 7-5.
Senior Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) dropped his first singles match since January 29 when he fell in three sets to No. 3 Guillermo Gomez. Aubone fell behind after the first set but rallied to win a tiebreaker in set two and almost upset Gomez in set three. Gomez ultimately won 6-1, 6-7 (7), 7-5. The reigning ACC Player of the Year, Aubone is now 8-2 in singles this spring with both losses coming to Top 10 ranked players.
The Seminoles will face-off against intra-state rival No. 7 Florida on Wednesday, February 24 at 5:00 p.m. in Gainesville, Fla. Florida State will return home on Saturday, February 27 when they take on Pepperdine at 3:00 p.m. Admission for all fans is free.