April 2, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - After losing their last two matches, the No. 22 Seminoles came back strong to win 5-2 in a four hour match against the No. 40 NC State men's tennis team. After winning the doubles point at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center, Florida State won four of the six singles matches to clinch the win. The Seminoles are now 12-5 with a 5-2 record in the ACC while the Wolfpack fell to 13-8 and 1-5 in the ACC.
"It was another tough day in the ACC," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "I thought we controlled the match pretty good with doubles and then got a good start in singles with five first sets. I thought we were in a pretty good position but they did a really good job battling back. NC State's guys on two and three really battled hard. It was good tight matches."
In doubles play, the No. 38 duo of senior Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) and junior Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) won their third straight match with a 8-5 victory on court two to clinch the doubles point. The No. 39 pair of senior Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) and freshman Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) won 8-4 on court one to win their 12th doubles match of the season.
In singles play, No. 24 Aubone defeated No. 70 Jaime Pulgar 6-1, 6-2 on court one to come off the courts first. Today's wins in singles and doubles puts him tied for ninth in the all-time career wins list to tie with assistant coach Mat Cloer at 154 and tied for eighth in all-time doubles wins with 75.
"These accomplishments come as a little bit of a surprise to me," said Aubone. "Just to have so many wins, especially high up in the line-up and then in the ACC which is one of the toughest conferences out there. I just try to do my best. I've been pretty lucky and fortunate in some matches. I'm just glad that the team has been able to do so well."
"I thought he played really good today," said Hultquist. "I thought Pulgar is a really good player at number one. Jean-Yves's beaten some really good people this year. There was some close games but he's been winning those close games. I thought he had a really good game plan of how to play Pulgar, stuck to that and got off the court quick."
Freshman Andres Bucaro (Guatemala City, Guatemala) snapped his singles losing streak with a 7-6 (5), 6-1 victory on court five against Frideric Prandecki. Freshman Jordan Kelly-Houston (Christchurch, New Zealand) also broke his losing streak with an exciting 6-4, 7-6 (4) win against Akash Gujarati on court six to clinch the match.
"It took Jordan clinching the match, which I thought was big for him to be able to clinch the match," continued Hultquist. "As a freshman he hasn't had that many matches where it was riding on him. I think when you're a freshman you have these highs and lows and you usually have a good stretch of when you win and when you lose."
"To be honest, I didn't know," said Kelly-Houston. "I knew the match was close, but I didn't really know it. When I found out, I was pretty happy. It was my first win where I played well in a while. It was a really exciting match but I really enjoyed it, it was really fun and it was a great situation to be in."
Bowles played a close three-set match to come up victorious over Rafael Paez 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 on court three. Bowles is now 11-6 this season and has won four matches in a row.
Florida State returns home to the Scott Speicher Tennis Center to face No. 24 Wake Forest at noon on Sunday. There will be an Easter Egg Hunt between singles and doubles for fans of all ages.