Oct. 19, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State men's tennis team had a successful day at the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships with three doubles teams advancing to the quarterfinals of doubles. In singles play, four Seminoles advanced past the round of 64. The Seminoles begin to take the court on Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center here in Tallahassee.
Friday started with singles play as seven Seminoles took the courts. Sophomore Cristian Gonzalez Mendez took the first win of the day with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Florida Atlantic's Jose Fantova. Sophomore Dominic Cotrone followed that with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Alex Toliver of Kennesaw State.
The next Seminole to gain a win in the round of 64 was senior Jordan Kelly-Houston who defeated Oliver Webb of Georgia Southern 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Sophomore Benjamin Lock topped UCF's Amar Hromic 6-1, 6-2. Cotrone plays at 10:30 a.m. while the three other Seminoles will take the courts first thing in the morning at 9:00 a.m.
Doubles took place in the afternoon with senior Andres Bucaro and freshman Michael Rinaldi winning three matches in a row to advance to Saturday's quarterfinals. The duo, playing for the first time together, started the run by topping Guillermo de Vilchez and Ravi Patel of USF 8-2 in the round of 64. In the round of 32, the doubles team defeated Diego Soto and Gabriel Flores 8-5. In the round of 16, the team won 8-4 over Florida's Gordon Watson and Billy Federhofer.
"I'm really proud of Andres and Michael for winning three in doubles," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "They had to do a lot to get there and they beat some good teams. We're glad to have four in the round of 32 in singles. Tomorrow is a big day with a lot of matches to be played. I did change up doubles, it's not really a function of us not playing well in doubles, we did win the Bedford Cup and have three of the four in quarterfinals. It was trying to see if there are some combinations to make us even better."
Sophomores Dominic Cotrone and Benjamin Lock played doubles for the first time together as well Friday. The duo received a bye in the round of 64 to go straight into the round of 32 where they won 8-1 over Matthew Samberg and John Nowak of FAU 8-1. In the round of 16, Cotrone and Lock won 8-6 over Georgia Tech's Nathan Rakitt and Juan Melian.
"Overall it was a good day for the Seminoles," said Lock. "Everyone played well and got through some tough matches. We had a couple guys loss but they fought hard. I think we are really good in the doubles. This past week we've changed up the combinations and have been working really hard. Coach is very happy, we are very happy and we look forward to tomorrow."
Seniors Jordan Kelly-Houston and Anderson Reed came together in the round of 32 and won 8-0 against Garrett Gordon and Anish Sharma of Georgia Tech. In the round of 16, the duo won 8-6 against Tobi Menhofer and Louis Theodor of Kennesaw State.
Representing the Southeast Region along with Florida State is Georgia, Florida, Georgia Tech, Miami, USF, Florida A&M, North Florida, UCF, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida Atlantic, Kennesaw State, Stetson, Georgia State and Georgia Southern
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