36 Florida State 4, 51 Clemson 3
Doubles: FSU stacked doubles. They put Bowles/Davis at 3 which is obviosuly a stronger team than #2 which was Reed/Bucaro. #1 doubles was the swing match and we lost.
FSU 1: 21 Mizradeh def Y.Maden 6-3 6-2
Yannick Maden started strong, broke Mirzadeh at love then had a 40-0 lead on his own serve to go up 2-0. But the game went to 7 deuces and Maden could not capitalize. From that point on Mirzadeh was in control. Mirzadeh's game is weird. Nothing about it stands out. He does not have a ton of power,no one great shot, not great serve, not particularly fast, but something about it just gives of the vibe of being in control. And he was the whole time. Maden didn't really have any openings, his angle based game was thrown off and his normally reliable backhand angles were missing the lines.
Clemson 2: DiFazio def 60 Bowles 6-4 6-4
: Strong win for DiFazio. I honestly thought this would be a rout for Bowles based on DiFazio's history vs other lefties. This is probably DiFazio's best win of his career. Bowles never looked comfortable. DiFazio jumped out to a 3-0 lead, in which Bowles was shanking a lot of balls. He looked very tentative on court. The 2nd set was break wars as neither player could hold his serve. It was goos to see DiFazio close it out at 5-5 because he has struggled with that in his career.
FSU 3: Smith def Galloway 4-6 6-4 6-2
: Dissapointment of the day. I thought this one would be a win for Galloway. Smith is a weak #3, and Galloway is usually a reliable win. Check that, used to be a reliable win. He has struggled this year. His matches take the longest time to complete and he threw away a 1 set lead which ultimately cost Clemson the match. As usually with Galloway matches his opponent gets used to his pace and starts to get into the match.
FSU 4: Kelly-Houston def Meza 6-3 7-5
: Dissapointing loss considering Kelly-Houston had been on a 7 match losing streak prior to this. Meza has dissapointed as well. Looked very sharp at the beggining of the year but he has major issues in his game. He is always falling back when he hits his forehand and he hits it flat and hard, causing a lot of errors that are deep. Since this was on court 4 in the indoor complex it was far away so I don't have any analysis of this particular match.
Clemson 5: D.Maden def Davis 6-2 6-2
. I raised by eyebrows when I saw Blake Davis at 5, thinking it was low for him. But Dom Maden punished Davis from the beggining. This was not a case of Davis being terrible it was a case od Maden taking it. Dom was crushing Davis 2nd serves(Dom Maden has the most powerful forehand on the team). Davis attempted to get himself pumped up early in the 2nd set by yelling, but Maden stayed cool and continued to crack the ball with menace. I am very excited about Dominique Maden's potential at Clemson. He is just a freshman. I think he should move up to 4(or maybe not because he is a good chance at a win at 5)
Clemson 6: Rigsby def Buzaro 4-6 7-6(6) (10-8):
Another great chapter to the Rigsby/Bucaro rivalry. This is the 3rd time they have met in college. Eah match going to a 3rd set supertiebreaker, Buzaro had the won the previous 2, by supertiebreak scores of 10-8 and 11-9. But Rigsby got his revenge in another classic between the two. Unfortunately this was on court 4 so I could not see that well. It was a surprise that Rigsby even played #6. Maybe he was put at 6 because of his familiarity with Bucaro. He was placed at 6 over Moran(sick apparently), Hilsman(good thing too) and Bolona(surprising since Bolona played doubles). Rigsby has the most powerful serve on the team, which is why he is a good doubles player for us, but this is his first match in singles in a match that matters since Wake Forest last year where he got trounced 6-1 6-0 by Kreyman.
Overall a good match. Last year we lost to FSU 7-0 with only one close match. We are getting better, playing indoor(rain) gave us a slight edge. But this was a big loss. The matches will only get tougher as the year goes on.