CORAL GABLES, Fla. – No. 39 Miami opened ACC play on Saturday with a road win at No. 28 Florida State 4-3. The match was the first of a three-match, in-state road trip for the ‘Canes.
The win stretched the all-time series record to 46-13 for the Hurricanes (5-3, 1-0 ACC), who sent the Seminoles (5-5, 0-1 ACC) into a four-game skid, all against ranked opponents.
“We did a great job today after losing the doubles point, starting 0-1 down, playing an away match against our biggest rivals FSU, and winning,” senior Keith Crowley said. “That’s a huge road win for us, and I’m pumped to start this season off as strong as we have.”
It was apparent that the match would be a tight contest from the start, with Florida State taking the doubles point, 2-1. In No. 1 doubles, Florida State’s 13th-ranked tandem of Vahid Mirzadeh and Connor Smith defeated Miami’s Pedro Ast and Keith Crowley 8-2.
Miami then came back at No. 2 doubles as the team of Christian Blocker and Carl Sundberg beat Florida State’s tandem of Andres Bucaro and Anderson Reed 8-5.
No. 3 doubles was the deciding factor for the doubles point as Miami’s team of Waylon Chin and Eduardo Pavia went to a tiebreak against Florida State’s Clint Bowles and Jordan Kelly-Houston, falling 9-8(7).
Singles was more of the same competitiveness, as Crowley defeated Smith, 7-6(7), 6-0 in No. 3 singles to tie the match at one point apiece.
Miami then took the lead thanks to Pavia’s straight-set win against Bucaro 6-4, 6-4 at No. 5 singles. Miami would never trail again in the match
However, Florida State came back to make it interesting, tying the match as Mirzadeh, ranked No. 26 in the nation, defeated Chin 7-5, 6-3 in No. 1 singles.
The back-and-forth match continued as freshman Gabriel Flores defeated Reed 7-5, 6-3 to put Miami up 3-2. After Florida State tied it again with a win at No. 2 singles, it all came down to the action on court four.
Sundberg had easily taken the first set 6-1 against Kelly-Houston, but Kelly-Houston had rebounded to take the second set 6-4. With both teams looking to start off their conference seasons with a win against a ranked opponent, it was Sundberg who came through in the clutch, taking the second set 6-3 for the team win.