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Men's Tennis Falls At NCAA's
FSU men's tennis advanced to the NCAA Tournament once again in 2011.

FSU men's tennis advanced to the NCAA Tournament once again in 2011.

May 13, 2011


The No. 47 Florida State men's tennis team ended their season on Friday, May 13 after an epic four hour 4-0 loss against No. 21 Mississippi State in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The match was played at the campus of Georgia Tech.

"I thought it was a very competitive match," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "Any match that goes four hours is competitive. Certainly we had opportunities to get several points. We had a very good chance to win the doubles point with being up breaks at courts one and three. I felt it would have been important to win the doubles. It would have put us at a very good chance to win the match. We were up 4-1 on three doubles and really kind of rolling but they came back strong."

In doubles play, sophomore Jordan Kelly-Houston (Christchurch, New Zealand) and freshman Blake Davis (Austin, Texas) fell 8-3 to George Coupland and Artem Ilyushin on court two. On court three sophomores Andres Bucaro (Guatemala City, Guatemala) and Anderson Reed (Daphne, Ala.) fell to James Chaudry and Zach White 8-5. The match on court one was suspended when the point was clinched by the Bulldogs but the Seminoles were leading 7-6.

In singles play Reed lost his match 6-4, 6-0 to No. 86 Louis Cant on court five after suffering full body cramps. Sophomore Connor Smith (Tampa, Fla.) lost to No. 92 Malte Stropp on court three 6-3, 6-4.

Bucaro was playing on court six against Zach White and won his first set. White came back to win the second set and force a third set. White won the set to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 and clinch the match for Mississippi State.

While the score of the match was 4-0, it does not reflect the number of forced third sets and tiebreakers by the `Noles.

"Jordan had double match point when the match stopped for him to win," continued Hultquist. "Vahid was in position to win after winning the first set, a couple points away. With what was left on the court, it would have been 4-3 maybe. I was pleased with how Andres played. I thought he played a good match and put himself in position to win. I was pleased how Blake fought back down match point to win the set and put it in a third set. It was a good effort from a bunch of our guys and we came up a little bit short."

After losing his first set, Kelly-Houston won his second set to force a third set against No. 60 Coupland. He forced a tiebreaker in the third set and was up 6-4 when the match was clinched. After Davis lost his first set to James Chaudry, he overcame multiple match point attempts by the Bulldog and won the second set 7-5 before the match as stopped.

Senior Vahid Mirzadeh (Wellington, Fla.) was facing No. 61 Ilyushin in the third set when the match was called. His score was 6-4, 6-7 (1), 1-1.

Mirzadeh and Smith will compete in the NCAA Individual Tournament beginning May 25.


First Round

No. 21 Mississippi State 4 d. No. 47 Florida State 0


1) No. 13 Mirzadeh/Smith (FSU) vs. No. 37 Louis Cant/Malte Stropp (MSU) DNF 7-6

2) Coupland/Ilyushin (MSU) def. Kelly-Houston/Davis (FSU) 8-3
3) Chaudry/White (MSU) vs. Reed/Bucaro (FSU) 8-5
Order of finish: 2, 3


1) No. 26 Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) v. No. 61 Artem Ilyushin (MSU) DNF 6-4, 6-7, 1-1

2) Jordan Kelly-Houston (FSU) v. No. 60 George Coupland (MSU) DNF 4-6, 6-3, 6-6 (6-4)

3) No. 92 Malte Stropp (MSU) def. Connor Smith (FSU) 6-3, 6-4

4) Blake Davis (FSU) v. James Chaudry (MSU) DNF 4-6, 7-5

5) No. 86 Louis Cant (MSU) def. Anderson Reed (FSU) 6-4, 6-0

6) Zach White (MSU) def. Andres Bucaro (FSU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Order of finish: 5, 3, 6*

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