May 12, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas- The 16th-ranked Florida State tennis team will have to do something they have never done to advance to the quarterfinals at the 2009 NCAA Men's Tennis Championships in College Station, Texas. Defeat the No. 1-ranked team in the country.
The Seminoles (21-8) will face the best team in the nation, Virginia (31-0) on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. FSU has already played the Cavaliers twice this season, falling both times, in closely contested matches.
The first battle between the two teams came at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on March 29. After losing the doubles point, the Garnet and Gold came back to tie that match when Drew Bailey defeated Lee Singer on court number six. Virginia made the score 3-1 with wins on courts three and four respectively. The last three matches went three sets with Florida State winning two of them (Jean-Yves Aubone and Clint Bowles), but it was not enough as Drew Courtney defeated Chris Cloer on court five to give the Cavs a 4-3 victory. The second match occurred in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament. The Seminoles started strong with an upset on court number two in doubles when Bailey and Maciek Sykut defeated the fourth-ranked team of Houston Barrick and Sanam Singh. However, Virginia was able to take the other two matches and had a 1-0 lead heading into singles. Once again the Noles opened quickly winning four first sets, but the Cavs rallied and ended up winning the match 4-0.
Several Seminoles enter the round of 16 with impressive winning streaks. Bailey has won eight straight singles matches including three match clinching victories. Along with Sykut, the duo has won seven consecutive doubles matches. Sykut is also playing the best tennis of his career winning nine out of his last 10 singles matches and seven in a row. With his 4-0 record in the first two rounds of the tournament, the Marathon, Fla., native became the all-time singles wins leader and combined doubles and singles wins leader at Florida State. Cloer is also on top of his game winning six consecutive matches.
For more information regarding the NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament, including live scoring and video, log onto http://www.aggieathletics.com/ncaa2009/tennis/.