March 20, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 20 Florida State men’s tennis team (11-3, 4-0) continued its Atlantic Coast Conference streak Saturday by overpowering No. 29 Clemson, 7-0, at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. With the sunny Tallahassee weather on their side the ‘Noles were able to knock down the conference leader and hand the Tigers their first loss of the season.
“It was a good day,” FSU Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “We had all the guys play well. It’s always good to go 7-0 because then you know everyone came through. I feel like 4-0 in conference play is a great start but we still have a lot of work to do.”
The Seminoles showed their dominance early on by earning the doubles point with back-to-back wins on courts one and three.
Court one saw No. 70 Vahid Mirzadeh and Connor Smith teaming up to dominate Carlos Alvarez and Juan Bolona 8-3, while the twosome of Andres Bucaro and Anderson Reed surpassed Moritz Dettinger and Zachary Rigsby 8-4 on court three to put FSU on the board.
Singles was no different as the Garnet and Gold ruled the courts by winning all first sets.
Leading the way with FSU’s second point was No. 71 Clint Bowles on court three as the Seminole crushed Kevin Galloway 6-0, 6-3.
Senior Mirzadeh, ranked No. 48 in the country, continued his streak by posting his 11th consecutive triumph this season as the ‘Nole surpassed Derek DiFazio 6-1, 6-1 on court two to give the squad its third point.
Securing the victory for FSU was Smith on court four as the newcomer rolled past Wesley Moran 6-2, 6-2 to mark the fourth point.
Next up was Reed on court six as the freshman defeated Juan Bolona 6-4, 6-3 to earn Florida State’s fifth point.
Scoring the Seminoles sixth point was No. 22 Jean-Yves Aubone on court one. After the ‘Nole turned in a quick 6-4 first set, the second set saw Carlos Alvarez fighting back but eventually falling 6-3.
Freshman Bucaro closed out the day with a tough battle against Zachary Rigsby that featured the ‘Nole taking the first set 6-4 then struggling in the second set as the Tiger won with a 7-6 (3) mark.
After going back and forth in the third set, Bucaro defeated Rigsby with a score of 11-9 to win the seventh point.
“Next weekend is going to be really tough,” Coach Hultquist said. “Virginia Tech has been the best they’ve ever been and Virginia is number one in the country so there is a lot of work ahead of us.”
Florida State will be back in action March 26 as it faces conference foe Virginia Tech on the road at 2:30 p.m. and Virginia on March 28 at 12 p.m.
Doubles: 1, 3*, 2
1. No. 70 Mirzadeh/Smith def. Alvarez/Bolona 8-3
2. DiFazio/Moran def. No. 60 Aubone/Bowles 8-4
3. Bucaro/Reed def. Dettinger/Rigsby 8-4
Singles: 3, 2, 4*, 6, 1, 5
1. No. 22 Jean-Yves Aubone def. Carlos Alvarez 6-4, 6-3
2. No. 48 Vahid Mirzadeh def. Derek DiFazio 6-1, 6-1
3. No. 71 Clint Bowles def. Kevin Galloway 6-0, 6-3
4. Connor Smith def. Wesley Moran 6-2, 6-2
5. Andres Bucaro def. Zachary Rigsby 6-4, 6-7, 11-9
6. Anderson Reed def. Juan Bolona 6-4, 6-3