March 1, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -Come from behind was the theme of the day as the No. 36 Florida State men's tennis team (12-3) ran down the USF Bulls (5-3) 4-3 on Saturday. After dropping the doubles point and the first singles match, the Seminoles won four straight matches to clinch at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
"South Florida capitalized from winning the doubles point by jumping out quickly to get early breaks on four of the six courts and then went on to win three of the six first sets," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "It was great to see us close out a couple of matches quickly in Marco and Grayson. The key to the match was Blake quickly winning the second and third sets after losing the first. It was also great to see Cristian break serve at 5-4 to clinch the match."
In doubles play, sophomore Marco Nunez and freshman Grayson Goldin were defeated early as No. 35 Ignacio Gonzalez-Muniz and Oliver Pramming won 8-5 on court two. Junior Cristian Gonzalez Mendez and sophomore Michael Rinaldi were able to tie up doubles as they won 8-5 over Everth Dzib and Vadym Kalyuzhnyy on court three.
On court one No. 26 Dominic Cotrone and Blake Davis held an early lead but the Bulls' No. 29 duo of Roberto Cid and Sasha Gozun fought back to win 8-7 (6) and claim the doubles point for South Florida.
In singles play, the first sets were split between the two teams with South Florida riding thee momentum from the doubles win. No. 81 Cid of USF used his momentum from winning the first set to finish off the match quickly with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Cotrone to gain a 2-0 lead in the match.
Dropping the first set 1-6, Davis changed his game plan and regained control as he lost only one game over the next two sets. With the fans and team rallying behind him, his 1-6, 6-0, 6-1 win put the Seminoles on the board.
Nunez faced Kalyuzhnyy on court four and tied up the match with a strong 6-1, 6-4 win in the four spot. Goldin continued his stellar play as he won his 14 straight singles match with a 6-3, 6-3 win on court six. His win gave Florida State a 3-2 lead.
Clinching the team win for the fourth time this season was Gonzalez Mendez playing in the third position. His 6-4, 6-4 win over Sasha Gozun gave the team the win they needed.
The Seminoles return home Saturday to take on USF at noon. Check back to Seminoles.com for all your information on the men's tennis team and follow the team at twitter.com/fsu_mtennis.
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3, 1); Singles (1,2,4,6,3*,5)