May 9, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- The 16th-ranked Florida State men's tennis team advanced to the round of 16 for the second consecutive season with a 4-1 victory against No. 19 Auburn at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The Seminoles (21-8) gained the momentum with a surprising comeback on court three in doubles.
"I knew Auburn was a strong team and we had a tough draw," FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. "We really came out prepared and everyone played well and contributed."
Things looked dire for the Seminoles in doubles. The 20th-ranked juniors Jean-Yves Aubone and Vahid Mirzadeh were defeated by 10th-ranked Alexey Tsyenov and Alex Puetz 8-2. FSU evened doubles with a 8-5 win by seniors Maciek Sykut and Drew Bailey against Lukas Marsoun and Alex Stamchev on court two. However, it still look as if the Tigers would win doubles with Milan Krnjetin and Michel Monteiro up 7-3 on senior Chris Cloer and sophomore Clint Bowles on court three. Cloer and Bowles were able to come back and win the next six games of the set, including saving a match point at 7-6 to clinch the doubles point for FSU.
"On the changeover at 7-4 we were down and Clint looked at me and asked what do we need to do," Cloer said. "I told him we need to keep going and he said let's do it and a couple of points went our way and the momentum completely turned."
"I thought that match was the key because it swung the momentum," Hultquist said. "After that we won five first sets and controlled the match, it was huge."
Florida State made the score 2-0 on court three with a 6-2, 6-1 victory by Sykut against Marsoun. With the win, Sykut became the all-time singles' wins leader at FSU with 93 victories surpassing Jason White.
"Maciek may have played his best match ever today," Hultquist said. "He took it to the guy and now he has another record here at Florida State."
Cloer made the score 3-0 on court six with a 6-1, 6-4 victory. The Brevard, N.C., native earned the win by breaking Alex Petropoulos at 5-4 in the second set. Cloer now has a 6-0 record in NCAA matches. The Seminoles clinched the match on court five with Bailey earning the final point for the second consecutive day with a 6-3, 6-3 win against Krnjetin. The senior were a combined 9-0 in singles and doubles during the regional.
"I didn't know that I was the one clinching," Bailey said. "Words can't even describe how exciting it was especially when Jean-Yves rushed me, even though he was two points from clinching so it was an awesome feeling."
"To have the seniors clinch the last two days makes it even more special," Cloer said. "I don't think we want the season to end and I think we have a little more spark than in years past.
Florida State will now travel to College Station, Texas to play top-ranked Virginia in the round of 16 on Thursday, May 14 at 1:00 p.m. For ticket information and live scoring log onto www.seminoles.com.
No. 1: #20 Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) vs. #38 Alexey Tsyenov (AUB) DNF 7-6(4), 5-1
No. 2: #108 Tim Puetz (AUB) def. #58 Clint Bowles (FSU) 6-2, 6-2
No. 3: Maciek Sykut (FSU) def. Lukas Marsoun (AUB) 6-2, 6-1
No. 4: Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) vs. Alex Stamchev (AUB) DNF 6-4, 3-3
No. 5: Drew Bailey (FSU) def. Milan Krnjetin (AUB) 6-3, 6-3
No. 6: Chris Cloer (FSU) def. Alex Petropoulos (AUB) 6-1, 6-4
Order of finish: 3, 6, 2, 5*
No. 1: #10 Tsyenov/Puetz (AUB) def. #20 Aubone/Mirzadeh (FSU) 8-2
No. 2: # 74 Bailey/Sykut (FSU) def. #78 Marsoun/Stamchev (AUB) 8-5
No. 3: Bowles/Cloer (FSU) def. Krnjetin/Michel Monteiro (AUB) 9-7
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3*