May 15, 2010
ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 29 Florida State men's tennis team defeated No. 42 Boise State in the first round of the NCAA Championships today, May 14. The Seminoles took a lead after winning the doubles point and then won the next three singles matches to win the match 4-0. Florida State will face the winner of the Georgia/UNC-Greensboro match tomorrow at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
"I thought we played well," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "There were moments where our momentum could have changed and I think one of them was when we were at 7-6 at third doubles. We were down love-40 and came back and held it clinch it. I thought it could have shifted a little bit in singles, too. Connor Smith got hurt and had to take a timeout and at the same time Jordan Kelly-Houston went down a break but Jordan broke right back. Boise State fought very hard and certainly is a very good program. That wasn't an easy first round. It very easily could have been a four hour match."
The Seminoles started strong in doubles winning on courts three and one to clinch the doubles point. Coming off the courts first was the freshmen duo of Anderson Reed (Daphne, Ala.) and Jordan Kelly-Houston (Christchurch, New Zealand). The defeated Alex Bothe and Erik Sheldon 8-6 on court three.
In singles play, No. 31 Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) won the first match for the Seminoles. In the second set, the senior was down 3-0 but came back to win the set and match 6-4, 6-4 against No. James Meredith on court one.
"I thought I played good today but Meredith's a very good player," explained Aubone. "I liked the conditions, I like when it's hot, I like the way it feels so I'm just happy to finally play in warm weather. We haven't had that all year. I was able to come up with a lot of good points towards the end."
Finishing next for Florida State was No. 66 Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) on court three. The junior won 6-4, 6-2 against Filipp Pogostkin.
Clinching the match for the Seminoles was Kelly-Houston as he defeated Jeff Mullen 6-2, 6-4 on court five.
Up next for the Seminoles is the winner of the Georgia/UNC-Greensboro match. Tomorrow's second round match will take place at 2:00 p.m.