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Seminoles Fail To Tame The Tigers
Marco Nunez


Marco Nunez

March 11, 2014

CLEMSON, SC - The No. 34 Florida State men's tennis team failed to tame the No. 22 Clemson Tigers on Tuesday afternoon at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center. Despite winning four first sets, the team could not hold on as the Tigers (15-3, 2-0) won 5-2. The Seminoles dropped to 12-5 on the season and are now 1-1 in conference play.

"We were a little banged up today," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "We played hard but we were 0-4 in tiebreakers today. If we would have won one of those, we would have had a chance to win. We got the momentum after winning the first four sets but Clemson did a great job of coming back. We had a chance to win on both Blake and Grayson's courts but they couldn't close out the match."

Clemson won the doubles point by winning on courts one and three but sophomore Marco Nunez and freshman Grayson Goldin upped their record to 8-4 on the year with an 8-3 win over Alejandro Augusto and Robert Dudley in the two spot.

In singles play, the Seminoles gained back momentum as they won four first sets to put the team in a strong position. Freshman Jake Albo, playing in his first singles match since mid-January, came off the courts quickly to tie the match up with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Fernando Sala on court six.

Nunez followed suit and came off of court four with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Austin Ansari. While raising his duel record to 8-6, he gave the team a 2-1 lead over the Tigers. Also winning first sets for the team was senior Blake Davis and Goldin.

At that point, the tide turned as juniors No. 122 Dominic Cotrone and No. 86 Cristian Gonzalez Mendez were both upset to give Clemson the 3-2 lead.

With both Davis and Goldin both needing to win their matches, all eyes were on courts two and five, respectively. No. 116 Goldin managed to hold serve against Luke Johnson but was broke at 4-4, Johnson closed out his serve to upset Goldin 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and to clinch the match for Clemson. Davis's match was closed out but he lost the match to Dominique Maden in the in the third set 3-6, 7-6 (4), 1-0 (10-2).

Florida State returns home next weekend to take on NC State and Wake Forest. Check back to Seminoles.com for all your information on the men's tennis team and follow the team at twitter.com/fsu_mtennis.

Results
#22 Clemson 5, #34 Florida State 2

Singles competition
1. #90 Hunter Harrington (CLEM) def. #122 Dominic Cotrone (FSU) 7-6 (5), 6-4
2. Dominique Maden (CLEM) def. Blake Davis (FSU) 3-6, 7-6 (4), 1-0 (10-2)
3. Alejandro Augusto (CLEM) def. #86 Cristian Gonzalez Mendez (FSU) 7-6 (6), 6-3
4. Marco Nunez (FSU) def. Austin Ansari (CLEM) 6-2, 6-1
5. Luke Johnson (CLEM) def. #116 Grayson Goldin (FSU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
6. Jake Albo (FSU) def. Fernando Sala (CLEM) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Harrington/Maden (CLEM) def. #41 Cotrone/Davis (FSU) 8-4
2. Nunez/Goldin (FSU) def. Augusto/Dudley (CLEM) 8-3
3. Ansari/Johnson (CLEM) def. Gonzalez Mendez/Rinaldi (FS) 8-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,4,1,3,5,2)

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