April 25, 2013
CARY, N.C. - The No. 34 Florida State men's tennis team (18-9) came out strong at the Cary Tennis Park and left the courts with a 4-1 win over Georgia Tech (8-16) on Thursday, April 25. The Seminoles take on No. 9 Duke Friday at noon at the ACC Championships quarterfinals.
"I was really pleased with how we played," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "It was one of our more complete matches and had they not had injuries, Georgia Tech would have had a really good team. We look forward to playing a top ten team in Duke tomorrow."
Taking the courts in doubles, seniors Jordan Kelly-Houston and Anderson took control quickly with an 8-4 win over Eduardo Segura and Colin Edwards on court three. Closing out the doubles point was the No. 17 duo junior Blake Davis and sophomore Dominic Cotrone won their fourth consecutive match by upsetting the No. 10 tandem of Juan Spir and Vikram Hundal 8-6 on court one.
"Dominic and Blake came out very aggressively on their returns," said Hultquist. "They jumped out to a 3-0 lead but Georgia Tech worked their way back into the match. I thought the biggest thing of the match was when it was 5-all and we broke them and then Blake held serve after being down love-40. We got another solid performance from Jordan and Anderson to clinch the point."
"Blake and I played very well in doubles," said Cotrone. "We had a few games we got down early but we managed to fight through them and play from ahead."
Although singles started out close, Florida State eventually broke away winning five first sets. Reed quickly topped Hundal 6-2, 6-3 to allow the Seminoles to take a 2-0 lead. Today's win increased Reed's record on court four to 8-2.
"I'm just happy for our team that we can start ACCs the right way," said Reed. "I'm glad I started my last ACCs well and hopefully the team comes out with another victory tomorrow against a competitive Duke."
Georgia Tech fought back to make the score 2-1 when Juan Melian topped sophomore Benjamin Lock 6-3, 6-3. After that freshman Michael Rinaldi halted his two match losing streak by defeating Edwards 6-2, 6-3 on court six. At this point, Kelly-Houston had split sets with Nathan Rakitt. Cotrone and sophomore Cristian Gonzalez Mendez were both just points away from clinching the match.
No. 109 Cotrone was able to clinch the match for the Seminoles by upsetting No. 40 Spir on court one. After winning a tight first set in a tiebreaker, he plowed through Spir in the second set to win 7-6 (9), 6-3.
"I thought I played well in singles," said Cotrone. "Evan (Urbina, Volunteer Assistant Coach) and I really focused on having a really strong demeanor during the match. It's a good win for me as Spir has won a lot of high ranked matches this year. I think we had strong efforts from each player on the team today and that led to the great win over Georgia Tech today."
"Singles started out very competitively," said Hultquist. "One of the keys to us controlling the singles points was Dominic's tiebreaker win at number one singles which allowed us to win five first sets. We had very strong performances from Anderson and Michael to win quickly. Georgia Tech showed that they have a lot of heart and determination in fighting back to win No. 2 singles and the second set at No. 3 singles. I was really pleased to see Dominic clinch the match at number one. He played hard all day long and had a great attitude all day long and had great energy."
The Seminoles return to the courts tomorrow to take on Duke. For more information, check back to Seminoles.com. You can also follow the team at Twitter.com/FSU_MTennis.