Oct. 22, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. - Junior Jordan Kelly-Houston posted a 2-0 record in singles today to reach the quarterfinals of the 2011 USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships. The Florida State men's tennis team went 6-7 today, in which five of those losses came to ranked opponents, at the tournament that is being played at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia.
In the main draw, Kelly-Houston faced off against Takura Happy of Florida A&M in the second round and won 6-2, 4-6, 6-0. In the afternoon he pitted against No. 104 Wael Kilani of USF and won 6-3, 7-5 in the round of 16. Tomorrow, he will play in the quarterfinals against No. 24 Sadio Doumbia of Georgia at 10 a.m.
"It was a gritty match, but I stuck with my gameplan and ended up pulling it out," explained Kelly-Houston. "I'm excited to be in the quarterfinals tomorrow and hoping to continue my run."
"I was really pleased with Jordan," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "For him getting two wins, including a good ranked win against someone he lost to earlier in the fall, shows he is developing and getting better and that his fitness has improved."
Also in the main draw was senior Jason Zafiros who won his second round match 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 against Maritz Buerchner of North Florida. In the round of 16, he fell to No. 97 Juan Melian Puigventos of Georgia Tech in a close three set match 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.
In the consolation bracket, junior Anderson Reed came back strong to win both of his matches. In the first round, he won 6-0, 6-4 over Chidi Gabriel of Florida A&M then took on Julian Belair of North Florida and won 6-1, 7-6(3) in the round of sixteen.
"I thought it was a really good day for Jason," continued Hultquist. "He really battled with a guy who he struggled with earlier this year. He won in three sets and then turned around and went three sets with a ranked player. The fight that Jason' put in this weekend, winning two matches in three sets, clearly we are pleased on his effort and Anderson's effort as he won two matches as well today."
Also in the consolation bracket was freshman Cristian Gonzalez Mendez who won 6-3, 7-5 over Garrett Brasseaux of Georgia in the first round. He lost to Maksim Levanovich of Stetson 7-6(3), 6-4 in the round of 16.
The singles quarterfinals and semifinals will be played tomorrow. Check back on Seminoles.com for results.
Consolation Draw Singles - First Round
Main Draw Doubles - Quarterfinals