Oct. 24, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Florida State men's team advanced seven Seminoles to the second round of singles at the USTA Clay Court Invitational at Disney on Thursday. After playing singles at the Grand Cypress Resort, the team moved to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex to play doubles.
"I was pleased with the first day of the event," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "Tomorrow will be a challenging day of two rounds of singles and doubles."
In singles play, the Seminoles won seven on nine matches in the round of 64. Senior Blake Davis got a 6-2, 6-1 win over Pepperdine's Alexander Solonin while junior Benjamin Lock, No. 116 in the nation, defeated Kento Tanka-Tamaki, also of Pepperdine 6-4, 6-2.
The Seminoles needed to play three set matches four times today while coming out on top in three. Junior Cristian Gonzalez Mendez played a tough match against conference opponent Cole Fiegel of Georgia Tech 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Sophomore João Gauer won 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (6) over UCF's Inaki Espindola while freshman Grayson Goldin won 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-3 over UCF's Amar Hromic.
"We did a really good job coming from behind and winning three set matches," continued Hultquist. "Cristian, João and Grayson all did a good job of hanging in there and coming from behind to win.
In doubles play, Lock and Gauer teamed up to take down Tennessee's Sunay Bhat and Colton Norton 8-1 in the round of 32. Junior Dominic Cotrone and Davis received a bye and play Friday.
Florida State takes the courts beginning at 8:00 a.m. with Gauer, Davis and Rinaldi. The remaining players take the courts beginning at 9:30 a.m. The round of 16 begins at 1:30 p.m. with doubles starting at 4:00 p.m.
Joining the No. 37 Florida State men's tennis team is No. 5 USC, No. 6 Tennessee, No. 8 Pepperdine, No. 16 Florida, No. 24 Illinois, No. 25 Tulsa, No. 31 Notre Dame, No. 71 UNF, Georgia Tech, UCF, South Alabama and top junior players from the USTA.
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Singles Round of 64
Doubles Round of 32