April 19, 2012
CARY, N.C. - The No. 5 seed Florida State men's tennis team shut down the No. 12 seed Miami 4-0 in the first round of the ACC Championships. The Seminoles improved to 17-8 on the season with the win today. Tomorrow, the Seminoles will play against No. 4 seed Virginia Tech at the Cary Tennis Complex.
"As usual, it was important to get the doubles point," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "After a little bit of a slow start, I was happy to see the guys take control of doubles. Anderson (Reed) and Dominic (Cotrone) played very aggressive. I really liked how we closed it out at No. 1 doubles and how Jordan (Kelly-Houston) served out the match for doubles. It was important to win a bunch of first sets in singles and it was important to see the guys close out the match."
The teams started out in the doubles play needing two matches to clinch the point. The Seminoles grabbed a quick 8-4 win on court three with junior Anderson Reed and freshman Dominic Cotrone over Victor Mauz and Mark Schanerman.
On court one the Seminoles got off to a slow start but quickly turned it around to clinch the doubles point. The No. 60 duo of junior Jordan Kelly-Houston and sophomore Blake Davis defeated Wilfredo Gonzalez and Henrique Tsukamoti 8-4.
"In doubles we were just trying to focus on one game at a time," said Kelly-Houston. "It is the best of three matches and we just wanted to get off the courts first and get momentum in singles. During singles it was the same thing; it's the first team to four. It was good for me to finish early because it gives the guys some confidence."
In singles play, the Seminoles stormed the courts and won the first three matches to clinch the match. Play was stopped after the match was clinched.
Coming off the court first for the Seminoles was Kelly-Houston who defeated Gabriel Flores 6-3, 6-1. Next for the Seminoles was senior Jason Zafiros who won 6-2, 6-3 on court six over Marco Stancati.
Clinching the match for Florida State was freshman Cristian Gonzalez Mendez on court five. He defeated Schanerman 6-0, 6-4.
"I started really strong in the match with really high energy," said Gonzalez Mendez. "I got the lead really fast after he started to break down. In the second set I got off to a fast start with a 4-1 lead but he started to play better to tie it up 4-4. But in the end I got the support of my teammates and played smart to clinch."
With today's win head coach Dwayne Hultquist gained his 200th win at Florida State.
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