March 14, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 19 Florida State men's tennis team fought until the last set of the match, but fell short to the No. 44 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 4-3. The Seminoles lost their second home match of the season to bring their record to 10-3 while Notre Dame rose to 7-7. Today's lose was their third match in five days for the Seminoles and first match at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center in two weeks.
"I thought that Notre Dame just out competed us," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "I thought they did a great job of hanging in the matches. I think it's been a tough road trip for us but they played yesterday so you've got to give them a lot of credit."
The Seminoles started strong winning on court two and three to earn the doubles point. After losing the first doubles match senior Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) and junior Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) won on court two, 9-7, against the Fighting Irish's duo of Tyler Davis and Niall Fitzgerald. The freshmen duo of Andres Bucaro (Guatemala City, Guatemala) and Anderson Reed (Daphne, Ala.) won the last doubles match with a 8-6 victory over Daniel Stahl and David Anderson on court three.
"I thought we did a good job of coming back in doubles," said Hultquist. "I thought with Clint and Jean-Yves it was one of their better matches, how they fought back to get that point. We were getting a lot of energy from court three, I thought they played really well."
The Seminoles had a great beginning in singles with two victories. Aubone upset No. 19 Casey Watt on court one with a 6-2, 6-4 win. With his win today the reigning ACC player of the year is now 12-3 this season. Senior Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) continued his winning ways with a 6-2, 6-2 victory on court two against Stephen Havens.
"It's been a great year so far for Vahid," said Hultquist. "Not only is he winning, he's winning convincingly. He's really focused on the court."
With this win, Mirzadeh went undefeated during Spring Break with a 4-0 record in singles.
"For spring break all of my singles matches have went pretty well," described Mirzadeh. "I'm feeling really confident, especially today. I didn't try to do too much out there because the weather was pretty bad with the wind, I just tried to play simple and my opponent just beat himself."
Notre Dame proceeded to win the next three singles matches to tie the match 3-3.
The final match came down between two freshmen, Florida State's Bucaro and Notre Dame's Blas Moros. Bucaro won the first set 7-5 but Moros won the second set to force a third set. Bucaro won the first game but Moros won the next six to clinch the match for Notre Dame 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.
Notre Dame now leads the Seminoles 7-4 all-time, winning the last six of seven meetings.
The Seminoles travel to Gainesville on Wednesday to face rival No. 7 Florida at 4 p.m. Florida State returns home on Saturday against ACC foe Clemson at noon.