Sept. 14, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The underclassmen of the Florida State men's tennis team highlighted a great start to the Bedford Cup on the campus of Florida against all the teams in the state of Florida. The team went out on the first day and won 12 of the 15 matches with three doubles teams playing in tomorrow's quarterfinals. The day was highlighted by redshirt-freshman João Gauer winning his first singles collegiate match, which happened against a ranked player.
"I like how we started today winning six of seven doubles matches," head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. "We had very good team togetherness in our doubles and came away with three teams in the quarterfinals. I was pleased with how we competed in the singles play and liked what we saw out of our younger guys. We were able to tough out a few matches and close them out, especially Anderson."
Singles play was suspended due to rain but returned to the courts to finish play. The Seminoles won six of their eight first round matches. Gauer, who played in his first collegiate singles match, faced off against Florida Atlantic's Taylor Albrecht, the No. 105 player in the nation, and defeated him 7-5, 6-1. Freshman Michael Rinaldi, also playing his first singles match, defeated USF's Joao Souza 6-3, 6-1.
"I'm very happy that my hard work paid off," said Gauer. "I'm very happy to be able to play this season (after redshirting last year). All I want is to keep getting better. I really liked playing doubles with Cristian because we have a similar game and it turned out well."
Also nabbing wins today was No. 100 Benjamin Lock who won 6-3, 6-2 over Jose Fantova of FAU. No. 108 Jordan Kelly-Houston defeated Will Neuner of FAU6-4, 6-4. Senior Anderson Reed won 7-5, 7-6 (5) over Oliver Pramming of USF. Sophomore Dominic Cotrone took on FAMU's Salif Kante and won 6-3, 6-4.
In the morning, the team won all three of their first round matches. Senior Andres Bucaro and Lock, a sophomore, won their first round match 8-4 against Miami's Gabriel Flores and Diego Soto. In the second round, the duo took down Bethune-Cookman's Lobelo and Garavto 8-5. Sophomore Cristian Gonzalez Mendez played with Gauer and the duo won 8-4 against Leo Nahar and Timo Kranz of UNF. In the second round the team defeated Florida Gulf Coast's Jackson Moore and Dean Tsamas 8-4.
Kelly-Houston, a senior, and Rinaldi won 8-6 in the first round against Jordi Vives and Tianyu Bao of FGCU. The pair lost in the second round to Mike Alfred and Florent Diep 9-7. Reed and Cotrone received a bye in the first round to win 8-2 against USF's Juan Carlos Acuna and Federico Sanogal in the second round.
"It's been a good tournament so far," said Rinaldi. "I'm really excited to play my match tomorrow and it felt good to get my first college win today."
Tomorrow's schedule consists of the quarterfinals of doubles, the second round and round of 16 of singles and the consolation singles matches.
For results of the tournament, check back on Seminoles.com. You can also follow the team at Twitter.com/FSU_MTennis.