Feb. 28, 2009
It was a windy Saturday at the Scott Speicher Center but that didn’t stop the No. 16-ranked Florida State men’s tennis team from blowing away the No. 24-ranked Miami Hurricanes. FSU defeated Miami 4-3 and improved to 10-4 overall and 1-0 in ACC action while the Hurricanes fell to an even 4-4 on the year, including 1-1 in league play.
The Seminoles went up 3-0, including the doubles’ point but the match was decided by senior Maciek Sykut’s victory at No. 3 singles.
“It was 3-0 but I knew we were kind of struggling in a couple of the matches,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “I actually made a comment to my two assistant coaches when we were up 3-0 that I felt it was important for Maciek to win, to give us another chance because at the time I felt like Clint (Bowles) was a little bit tired, Drew (Bailey) was down a break and Chris (Cloer) was down a break. There were five three-setters and we’ve had a lot of really tight matches the last few years.”
With the match knotted at 3-3, all eyes were on the No. 3 singles match between Sykut and Miami’s Ignacio Taboada. After falling 7-5 in the first set, Sykut found himself down 5-4 in the second set but battled back and after taking a 4-1 advantage in set three, went on to win convincingly by a score of 6-3 to clinch the FSU victory.
“Maciek faced game-point down for the other guy to serve for the match multiple times, I don’t know how many there were but he was break-point down and held that off,” Hultquist said. “I think you saw a guy who’s played a lot of college tennis and has won a lot of matches and the third set was maybe about as good as he can play.
“Maciek did a great job of coming up to the net and finishing off around the net and also, I felt like he served well late in the match,” Hultquist continued. “He had some service winners. That last game wasn’t in doubt but he kind of stepped it up and closed it off really solidly.”
Junior Vahid Mirzadeh totally dominated his match at No. 4 singles and allowed Miami’s David Simon to score just one point as he recorded the 6-0, 6-1 victory. Seminole junior Jean-Yves Aubone lost his first set before storming back to win his match. At No. 1 singles, Aubone fell 1-6 in the first set but recovered confidently to win the second and third sets 6-3 and 6-2, respectively.
The Seminoles earned the doubles’ point in just 50 minutes of doubles play as all three FSU doubles teams won by a score of 8-4. The No. 1 doubles team of Jean Yves Aubone/Vahid Mirzadeh got off to a slow start and found themselves tied 2-2 with Miami’s Christian Blocker/David Simon before scoring three straight points to take control and was the first match to finish. On court two, the match between FSU’s Maciek Sykut/Drew Bailey and Miami’s David Rosenfeld/Keith Crowley saw four ties before the Seminoles scored the last four points for the victory. The Seminoles’ doubles team of Clint Bowles/Chris Reiman jumped out to a 4-0 advantage over Miami’s Ignacio Taboada/Carl Sundberg and never looked back.
“The doubles – we won kind of handily and I am not sure what to attribute that to,” Hultquist said. “I think we won a lot of close games. If we play them again, they may win it. It certainly wasn’t we were just a lot better, it was one of those matches where maybe we got a few breaks and were able to hold sometimes when it was tough.”
Rival-play continues when the Seminoles host Florida on Tuesday, March 3rd at 5 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
“Miami’s got an awful lot of good players and we do as well and anytime you have a rivalry like that, you expect it to kind of be that way,” Hultquist said. “For us, we’ve got to prepare for Tuesday night when we’ve got Florida. We play rivals back-to-back so we’ve got to prepare really quickly the next two days.”
#16 Florida State 4, #24 Miami 3
No. 1: #19 Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) def. David Rosenfeld (UM) – 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
No. 2: Christian Blocker (UM) def. #55 Clint Bowles (FSU) – 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
No. 3: Maciek Sykut (FSU) def. Ignacio Taboada (UM) – 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
No. 4: Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) def. David Simon (UM) – 6-0, 6-1
No. 5: #96 Carl Sundberg (UM) def. Chris Cloer (FSU) – 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
No. 6: Keith Crowley (UM) def. Drew Bailey (FSU) – 5-7, 7-5, 6-2
Order of finish: 4, 1, 2, 6, 5, 3
No. 1: Jean Yves Aubone/Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) def. Christian Blocker/David Simon 8-4
No. 2: Drew Bailey/Maciek Sykut (FSU) def. David Rosenfeld/Keith Crowley 8-4
No. 3: Chris Reimer/Clint Bowles (FSU) def. Ignacio Taboada/Carl Sundberg 8-4
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3