Feb. 27, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 19 Florida State men's tennis team defeated No. 16 Pepperdine 4-3 on Saturday afternoon in a thrilling match. Freshman Andres Bucaro (Guatemala City, Guatemala) rallied from a set down to win the final two sets that clinched the Seminoles victory.
"It's a pretty good win for us. It's the first time our freshmen have been in a position where they have been the last players on the court," Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist said. "For Andres to come through in a clutch time is important for us," he added.
Florida State won the first three points of the dual-match by sweeping doubles and earning singles victories from seniors Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) and Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.). Pepperdine took the next three points with singles wins on courts three, four and six before the decisive match on court five went down to the wire.
Freshman Andres Bucaro (Guatemala City, Guatemala) had a promising 4-1 lead in the first set of the match on court five but a solid five-game rally by No. 115 Finn Tearney of Pepperdine gave the Waves the first set, 6-4.
Bucaro fought back and won four straight games in the second set to give him a commanding lead that forced a third set. With the entire crowd and his teammates cheering him on, Bucaro dispatched Tearney 6-3 in the final set to give the Seminoles a 4-3 win.
"The crowd gave me the confidence to go for big shots and try to get that roar after each point and that helped me a lot," Bucaro explained.
Mirzadeh's straight set victory improved his singles record to 10-1 this season. The Seminoles captain has won five consecutive matches in straight sets and has not dropped a set since January 30.
"You always want to get off the court first," Mirzadeh said about how quickly he has dispatched his opponents. "I'm feeling really confident right now," he added.
Aubone defeated No. 44 Bassam Beidas for his third singles win over a ranked opponent in 2010. The reigning ACC Player of the Year improved to 9-2 in singles play with both of his losses coming to opponents ranked in the Top 10.
The Seminoles swept all three doubles matches for the second consecutive dual-match. Florida State also swept doubles last weekend against Georgia Tech. The doubles combinations of Mirzadeh / Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.), Aubone / Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) and Bucaro / Anderson Reed (Daphne, Ala.) are a combined 19-5 this spring.
Florida State will take the court next on Saturday, March 6 at 12:00 p.m. at Miami. The road match will be the second ACC trip that the Seminoles have made this season.