CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - No. 69 North Carolina (9-12, 2-6 ACC) fell to No. 27 Florida State (17-7, 4-4 ACC) by a score of 5-2 on Sunday at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
Doubles play yielded close matches on all three courts, but a late surge by Florida State earned them the point.
The duo of Brett Clark and Esben Hess-Olesen got the Tar Heels off to a good start, defeating the 40th-ranked pairing of Andres Bucaro and Benjamin Lock by an 8-6 count at the No. 2 spot. The Seminoles countered at No. 1, where the 34th-ranked pairing of Dominic Cotrone and Blake Davis edged Carolina's 81st-ranked duo of William Parker and Nelson Vick, 8-6.
With the doubles point up for grabs, Florida State's 89th-ranked pairing of Jordan Kelly-Houston and Anderson Reed rallied to beat James Coxe and Oystein Steiro by a score of 9-8(2) on court three. Coxe and Steiro broke the Seminoles to take an 8-7 lead, but the Seminoles responded by taking the following game and the match tiebreaker.
Florida State clinched the overall victory in singles, winning four of the six possible matches.
Cristian Gonzalez Mendez added to the Seminole's lead with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Oystein Steiro at the No. 5 spot. On court one, Carolina's No. 31 Esben Hess-Olesen made a late surge, but No. 34 Dominic Coltrone held on for a 6-0, 6-4 win to put Florida State up 3-0.
Senior William Parker proceeded to notch the Tar Heels' first victory of the day at the No. 4 spot, defeating Blake Davis 6-0, 7-5.
Florida State then clinched the match on court six, where Michael Rinaldi pulled out a 6-2, 6-3 win over Taylor Meyer to give a 4-1 advantage to the Seminoles.
At No. 3 singles, Anderson Reed added to the lead by defeating Nelson Vick in close match, 7-6(2), 6-3. In the final match to finish, Tar Heel freshman Brett Clark pulled out a 6-7(3), 7-6(6), 1-0 (10-7) victory over Benjamin Lock on court two. A tiebreaker was used in lieu of a third set.
"I think the doubles point changed the momentum," said head coach Sam Paul, "There is no doubt about that. We have to finish stronger."
"Florida State has had a very good year. They've beaten some Top-10 teams and a couple teams [who are ranked] 10-20, so we know they have a good team. We are just focusing on getting our guys better. We are right there, so we will look at videotape with our guys go over our decision-making at the end of sets."
The Tar Heels will be back in action this Friday when they travel to No. 26 Wake Forest for an ACC contest. The match is scheduled for 3 p.m.
#27 Florida State 5, #69 North Carolina 2
Doubles (Team Winning Majority Of Matches Earns One Team Point)
Order of match finish: (2,1,3)
Singles (One Team Point Per Singles Match)
Order of match finish: (5,1,4,6,3,2)
1. #125 Dominic Cotrone (FSU) def. #31 Esben Hess-Olesen (UNC), 6-0, 6-4
2. Brett Clark (UNC) def. Benjamin Lock (FSU), 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (8-6), 1-0 (10-7)
3. Anderson Reed (FSU) def. Nelson Vick (UNC), 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
4. William Parker (UNC) def. Blake Davis (FSU), 6-0, 7-5
5. C. Gonzalez Mendez (FSU) def. Oystein Steiro (UNC), 6-4, 6-3
6. Michael Rinaldi (FSU) def. Taylor Meyer (UNC), 6-2, 6-3
Weather Conditions: 75 degrees, sunny
Records: North Carolina (9-12, 2-6 ACC), Florida State (17-7, 4-4 ACC)