March 10, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas - The No. 19 Florida State men's tennis team lost its second match of the season to bring their record to 9-2. No. 5 Texas defeated the Seminoles 6-1 Wednesday night. The Longhorns are now 14-2 this season. Senior Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) upset the No. 10 singles player in the nation.
"I thought it was a great effort by the team," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "I thought we played really good. I thought we had a chance to win at doubles, we were up at one and won at two. Doubles was a pretty key point."
Senior Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) and junior Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) upset the No. 22 doubles team in the nation. The duo posted a close 8-7 (5) victory over Ed Corrie and Kellen Damico on court two. With this win, Aubone has now posted 146 career wins and is one win away from cracking into the top 10 list at Florida State to tie with Ty Braswel.
"I think that was maybe their best win of the year at doubles," said Hultquist. "They played with a lot of good energy and fought hard. I was really proud to win that match."
Mirzadeh and freshmen Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) fell 8-6 on court one to the No. 4 pair of Dimitar Kutrovsky and Josh Zavala. The freshmen duo of Andres Bucaro and Anderson Reed lost only their third match of the season. Longhorn's Jean Andersen and Daniel Whitehead won 8-4 on court three.
The lone singles win, and final match of the night, was on court two between No. 69 Mirzadeh and No. 10 Corrie. Although Mirzadeh lost the first set to snap his 13 set win-streak, he came back strong to lose only one game in set two and then win the tiebreaker. His 6-7, 6-1, 10-6 victory on court two marks his 12th singles win of the spring season and eighth in a row.
"It was a great win on Vahid's part," continued Hultquist. "I think Vahid has been good all year. He's lost one match, a tiebreaker in the third, he's put together a real strong season."
No. 55 Bowles lost on court three to No. 95 Damico in a close three set match. Bowles won the second set but was unable to hold of the Longhorn in the extremely close tiebreaker. Damico won 7-5, 3-6, 11-9.
The Seminoles continue their Texas road trip to play No. 51 Rice in Houston on Friday at 1:00 p.m. The team returns home to play No. 44 Notre Dame on Sunday at noon.