April 8, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -The No. 41 Florida State men's tennis team came swooping in on Friday to defeat the Boston College Eagles 7-0. The Seminoles (8-11, 3-5) failed to drop a match as Boston College fell to 5-14 and 0-8 in the ACC. The `Noles are now 6-2 in doubles play in the ACC after winning their 12th doubles point of the season.
"It could have been 5-2, but we were glad to get those last two matches in the tiebreakers," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "I think everyone has good confidence going into the next match. I thought once we got our lead, we kind of separated. Some of the guys jumped on their opponent and the second sets went quicker. I think BC's coach has done a great job and their program keeps getting better but I thought it was a great day for us."
The Seminoles soared past the Eagles in doubles as they came out to win all three matches. Senior Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) and sophomore Anderson Reed (Daphne, Ala.) came off the courts first with a 8-5 win on court two for the duo's first match together of the season.
Sophomore Jordan Kelly-Houston (Christchurch, New Zealand) and freshman Blake Davis (Austin, Texas) are now 5-1 this season after winning 8-3 on court three to secure the doubles point. To close out doubles, the No. 12 duo of senior Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) and sophomore Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) won 8-4 on court one to garner their 15th win this season.
Florida State gain control of the match quickly in singles as they won four of the six first sets. Kelly-Houston came off the courts first with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Jonathan Schroeder on court five. With a 6-3, 6-3 win on court six over Billy Grokenberger, Reed secured his third consecutive win.
Clinching the match for the team was Davis after he soundly defeated Jonathan Raude 6-1, 6-1on court four. No. 91 Bowles moved up in the record books after a 6-4, 6-4 win on court two over Alex Skinner. Bowles is now tied for third with 92 all-time singles wins. A win on Sunday would mean he would be in a tie for second with former teammate Maciek Sykut.
After dropping their first sets, Mirzadeh and Smith both won their second sets to force third set tiebreakers. Smith came off the courts first after winning the third set. He defeated Erik Kreutzer 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (11-9) on court two while No. 24 Mirzadeh came off last with a 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-5) win on court one against Akash Muppidi.
The Seminoles return to the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on Sunday when they honor seniors Mirzadeh, Bowles and Owen Long (Tallahassee, Fla.) before the noon Maryland match. Also, be sure to catch the team on SunSports Saturday at 2:30 p.m. for a behind the scenes special.