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No. 33 Florida State Edges No. 45 Drake, 4-3

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Release: January 26, 2013
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MALIBU, Calif. - The Drake men's tennis team fell just short of knocking off No. 33 Florida State (7-0) in the opener of its dual campaign on Saturday (Jan. 26) as the 45th-rated Bulldogs (0-1) dropped a 4-3 decision against the Seminoles as part of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Kickoff Weekend.

Florida State fired the initial salvo in doubles play as Jordan Kelly-Houston and Anderson Reed bested senior Jean Erasmus (Windhoek, Namibia) and junior Robin Goodman (Cambridge, England) at the No. 2 position, 8-4.

The Bulldogs forced a winner-take-all showdown at No. 1 after freshman Ben Lott (Newcastle, England) and sophomore Alen Salibasic (Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina) downed Dominic Cotrone and Michael Rinaldi, 8-4, at No. 3.

With all eyes on the top court, the 16th-rated duo of seniors Anis Ghorbel (Sfax, Tunisia) and James McKie (Edinburgh, Scotland) and the No. 27 Florida State tandem of Andres Bucaro and Benjamin Lock waged a back-and-forth battle. 

The Bulldogs jumped to an early 4-2 advantage before seeing the Seminoles score three of the next four points to even the affair at five.  Bucaro and Lock closed out the victory registering the final three points to provide Florida State with the doubles tally and an early 1-0 advantage.

McKie evened the tilt at one in singles on the strength of a 6-2, 6-2 win over Kelly-Houston at No. 2.

The Seminoles pushed the lead to 2-1 after Lock picked up a 6-0, 6-4 victory against Goodman on court No. 3.

In a battle of nationally-ranked opponents at the No. 1 slot, 107th-ranked Cotrone bettered No. 35 Ghorbel, 6-2, 7-5.

In a highly-competitive affair at No. 5, Erasmus suffered tiebreaker setbacks in both the first and second sets en route to Reed giving Florida State the match victory with a 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4) triumph.

The Bulldogs collected their second tally when Bucaro retired after dropping the second set, 7-6 (4), on court No. 6 versus sophomore Ben Mullis (Leicestershire, England).  Bucaro had recorded a 6-4 win in the opening frame.

In the lone three-set affair of the match, 86th-rated Salibasic collected a 7-6 (3), 6-7 (5), 6-2 victory past Cristian Gonzalez Mendez at the No. 4 position.

The Bulldogs close out their stay at the ITA Kickoff Weekend battling No. 53 Denver on Sunday (Jan. 27) at 12:00 p.m. CT.

NO. 33 FLORIDA STATE (7-0) DEF. NO. 45 DRAKE (0-1), 4-3

JAN. 26, 2013 • MALIBU, CALIF.

SINGLES:

No. 1 No. 107 Dominic Cotrone (FSU) def. No. 35 Anis Ghorbel, 6-2, 7-5

No. 2 No. 68 James McKie def. Jordan Kelly-Houston (FSU), 6-2, 6-2

No. 3 No. 99 Benjamin Lock (FSU) def. Robin Goodman (DU), 6-0, 6-4

No. 4 No. 86 Alen Salibasic (DU) def. Cristian Gonzalez Mendez (FSU), 7-6 (3), 6-7 (5), 6-2

No. 5 Anderson Reed (FSU) def. Jean Erasmus (DU), 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4)

No. 6 No. 109 Ben Mullis def. Andres Bucaro (FSU), 4-6, 7-6 (4) won by retirement

Order of finish: 2,3,1,5,6,4

DOUBLES:

No. 1 No. 27 Bucaro/Lock (FSU) def. No. 16 Ghorbel/McKie (DU), 8-5

No. 2 Kelly-Houston/Reed (FSU) def. Erasmus/Goodman (DU), 8-4

No. 3 Ben Lott/Salibasic (DU) def. Cotrone/Michael Rinaldi (FSU), 8-4

Order of finish: 2,3,1

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