March 26, 2010
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The No. 20 Virginia Tech (9-3) men's tennis team upset No. 22 Florida State (11-4) 5-2 on Friday, March 26. After winning the first four ACC matches of the season, the Seminoles lost heir first ACC match to now have a 4-1 record. This was the Hokies first victory over the Seminoles since they joined the ACC in 2005.
"It was a hard fought win for Virginia Tech," head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. "I thought they played really well. They won the tight matches that we needed to win in a match like that. It probably hurt us a little bit that we played them indoors but they simply played very good tennis."
The Seminoles started strong winning two of the doubles matches to get doubles point. The No. 70 duo of Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) and Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) won 8-4 on court one against Patrick Daciek and Will Beck. On court two, No. 60 Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) and Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) defeated Yoann Re and Sebestien Jacques 8-6.
"I thought we played good on all three courts in doubles," continued Hultquist. "I thought we played a good match on three even though we got beat. It was good doubles, maybe one of our better doubles days. I thought we won handily on one. We got off to a good start in doubles but I think we got behind a break on every court except for Clint in singles."
No. 71 Bowles, a junior, was the only Seminole that was able to get a victory in singles play. He defeated Corrado Degl Incerti Tocci on court three in straight sets 6-2, 6-3.
No. 48 Mirzadeh lost his first match since January. The fell 6-3, 6-2 on court two against No. 67 Luka Somen.
The Seminoles had freshmen Smith and Andres Bucaro (Guatemala City, Guatemala) on courts four and five, respectively. Both made it to the third set but Smith fell only a minute before Bucaro for the Hokies to clinch the match.
"We had a chance at the end," continued Hultquist. "Connor did a good job of getting into the third set and I kind of thought Andres was going to win."
The Seminoles will remain in the state of Virginia to play the No. 1 Cavaliers on Sunday at noon. Florida State returns home to the Scott Speicher Tennis Center to face N.C. State on Friday at 5:00 p.m. and Wake Forest at noon on Sunday.