March 23, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 31 Florida State men's tennis team (14-4, 5-0) overcame adversity tonight, March 23, to remain undefeated in the ACC with a 5-2 win over Wake Forest (9-9, 0-3). After beginning the match at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center, lightning moved the conclusion of the match to the Indoor Tennis Facility.
In doubles play, junior Andres Bucaro and freshman Benjamin Lock nabbed their 14th win of the season with an 8-5 win over Connor Sherwood and Sam Wells on court three. The Noles failed to win another doubles match and Wake Forest won the doubles point.
"I thought there were a few key first sets," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "Jason (Zafiros) was down a break and then came back to win the first set. When Jason won the first set, I was feeling pretty good with where we were. Things changed when the weather came in, we weren't sure how that was going to affect things. We haven't won after losing a doubles point this year so it was good to see that we can do that."
Although the Seminoles lost the doubles point, they turned the momentum around to win five of the six first sets. After those first sets were completed, lightning came in the area and moved the matches to the Indoor Tennis Facility. After a 1:15 delay, play between the teams resumed.
Getting off the courts first to tie the match 1-1 was Bucaro. The Guatemalan native is now 15-0 on the year and 5-0 in the ACC. He topped Amogh Prabhakar 6-3, 6-1 on court three. Moments after that match, Wake Forest's Adam Lee topped junior Anderson Reed 6-4, 6-2 on court four to give the Deacons a 2-1 advantage. The Seminoles proceeded to win the next four matches to snap a three match losing streak against Wake Forest.
Off next for the Seminoles was junior Jordan Kelly-Houston who topped David Hopkins 6-2, 6-3 on court one. Kelly-Houston won his 10th match of the season with tonight's win. Also winning his 10th match of the season was senior Jason Zafiros who topped Sherman 6-4, 6-3. After being down 3-1 in the first set, Zafiros won four straight games to eventually win the set.
Clinching the match was Lock. The freshman took down Alex Tsai 6-2, 7-5 on court six. To wrap up the evening, Blake Davis won the match in a third set tiebreaker on court two. He won 6-1, 0-6, 4-3 (4).
"I think our doubles all came down to urgency," said Lock. "We ran out onto the court flat footed, all three doubles pairs, I think Wake Forest really came out firing in the doubles. We got a wake-up call. We had a good team talk in the locker room between singles and doubles which pumped everybody up. Wake Forest gave us a tough time but everyone went out in the first point of singles loud, fiery and giving everything they had."
The Seminoles close out the weekend against NC State on Sunday, March 25 at noon. All matches at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center are free. For the latest information, check back to Seminoles.com. Follow the team on twitter at twitter.com/fsu_mtennis.