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Gonzalez Mendez Wins Garnet Draw
Cristian Gonzalez Mendez

Cristian Gonzalez Mendez

Nov. 4, 2012

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Florida State men's tennis team capped off the USTA Clay Court Invitational at Disney on Sunday with Cristian Gonzalez Mendez winning the Garnet singles draw. The team closed out the three day tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex with an overall 23-14 record.

"In the inaugural event, it's great for one of your players to come in and win the tournament," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "I'm really proud of how Cristian competed. In three of his four matches he fought back to beat them. It really was a break through win."

The highlight of the day came when Gonzalez Mendez took the courts in the final of the Garnet Draw. The sophomore from Spain took an early lead when he won the first set. The Seminole fell into trouble when he lost the second set. Using the energy from his teammates in the stands, he fought back to win a tight third set to defeat David Orces of The Citadel 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (2).

"Today's final match was very tough going back and forth," Gonzalez Mendez said. "I was down a break in the third set, but with the support of my teammates, I fought back saving four match points to win in the third against a tough opponent."

In the doubles draw, senior Andres Bucaro and freshman Michael Rinaldi won their semifinal match in the Garnet Doubles Draw 8-5 against Neuner and Fantova of FAU. In the finals, the duo lost to Tulsa's Espejo Sanchez and Kirby 8-1.

"It was a great weekend both for running the tournament and seeing our guys compete," concluded Hultquist. "We won a lot of matches against a lot of competition across the country."

Competing in the tournament along with Florida State this weekend is USC, Duke, Cal, Florida, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, UCF, Penn State, Columbia, Tulsa, FAU and The Citadel.

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USTA Clay Court Invitational

Sunday, November 4, 2012
Garnet Draw Singles Finals

Gonzalez Mendez (FSU) def. Orces (CIT) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (2)

Garnet Draw Doubles Finals
Espejo Sanchez/Kirby (Tulsa) def. Bucaro/Rinaldi (FSU) 8-1

Gold Draw Doubles Semifinals
Redlicki/Tahir (Duke) def. Lock/Cotrone (FSU) 8-3

Garnet Draw Doubles Semifinals
Espejo Sanchez/Kirby (Tulsa) def. Gauer/Gonzalez Mendez (FSU) 8-2
Bucaro/Rinaldi (FSU) def. Neuner/Fantova (FAU) 8-5

Garnet Draw Consolations
Rinaldi (FSU) def. Neuner (FAU) 6-1, 2-6, 10-7
Rubin (COL) def. Bucaro (FSU) 7-5, 6-1

Mixed Draw Consolations
Reed (FSU) def. Jackson (Tulsa) 6-4, 6-2

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