April 4, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 22 Florida State men's tennis team was upset today by No. 24 Wake Forest 5-2. The Seminoles are now 12-6 and 5-3 in the ACC after the loss at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Wake Forest is now 11-5 and 5-1 in the ACC.
"When you have a day like today it's real important who wins the first set," described Dwayne Hultquist. "We won our share, we won three and they won three. It showed the importance of doubles. We had match point but didn't get the game. Because of that it gave Wake Forest some momentum going into singles. Certainly it would have been a different match if we won doubles."
In doubles play, the first-time duo of senior Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) and freshman Jordan Kelly-Houston (Christchurch, New Zealand) won their match on court two against Jonathan Wolff and Jason Morgenstern 8-4.
The No. 38 duo of senior Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) and junior Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) came close to upsetting the No. 14 doubles team in the nation. The Seminoles fought until the very end by Steven Forman and Iain Atkinson pulled out the victory in the 9-8 (4) match.
In singles play, Florida State and Wake Forest each won three of the first sets. The Demon Deacons won the first three singles matches to clinch the match.
Winning his fifth singles match in a row was No. 63 Bowles on court three. He defeated No. 101 Iain Atkinson 7-6(4), 6-3 to win his 12th match of the year. This was his third win over a ranked opponent this season.
"I played pretty good today," said Bowles. "It was really hot and I think we were all pretty tired. I managed to stay tough and pull it out. Anytime we lose it motivates us to work harder. We'll definitely work hard and get in better shape."
Winning his second consecutive match was Kelly-Houston on court five. He won the last match of the day in the third set against Danny Kreyman (WF) 7-6(2), 5-7, 1-0 (11).
"Jordan played good," said Hultquist. "His guy has a good record. It was a good match for Jordan. Clint's on a win streak now so it's important for us to get everyone playing at the same time. Earlier in the year Clint had gone on a little bit of a struggle now he's won a five in a row. Clint beat another ranked player which will hopefully help him in the individual NCAAs."
Florida State goes back on the road where they face No. 71 Maryland on Saturday. The Seminoles will play their last home matches on April 16 and 18.