Jan. 17, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 11th-ranked Florida State men’s tennis season opened the season with a pair of home victories on Saturday against Tennessee Tech and Florida Atlantic. FSU defeated Tennessee Tech 4-2 and in the afternoon, beat Florida Atlantic 5-2.
“I thought we did some really good things today, but I also saw some things that we need to improve on,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “Florida Atlantic played really hard and we had to push ourselves and that’s probably good for us.
In the afternoon match the Seminoles (2-0) stormed out to an early 1-0 lead against the Owls on the strength of their doubles. On court three senior Chris Cloer and junior Vahid Mirzadeh dominated Lawrence Harradine and Santiago Nieto 8-0. FSU clinched the match when the No. 47-ranked duo of seniors Drew Bailey and Maciek Sykut defeated Josh Scholl and Eddie Machjers of FAU 8-2. The Seminoles completed the sweep on court one with the 23rd-ranked team of junior Jean-Yves Aubone and sophomore Clint Bowles beat Mark Abdelnour and Dan Vardag 8-2.
“I think we’ve worked very hard on doubles,” Hultquist said. “We got off to a really good start on all three courts and played within our system.”
In singles, Florida Atlantic tied the score at one on court six when Nieto defeated freshman Chris Reiman 6-2, 6-2. FSU retook the lead on court two when No. 30-ranked Aubone beat Dan Vardag in straight sets 6-1, 7-5. The Garnet and Gold took a 3-1 lead when No. 29 Bowles defeated Harradine 6-4, 6-4 and clinched the match on court five when Cloer outlasted Machjer in three sets 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. FSU wrapped up play with a win on court five with Sykut beating Scholl 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 and Mirzadeh losing to Abdelnour on court one 6-7(3), 7-5, 10-5.
“I thought Jean-Yves played really well in the afternoon and got off the court first for us,” Hultquist said. “Chris [Cloer] and Clint were both pushed in their matches and they played strong at the end to finish.”
In the morning match Florida State got out to a quick start on court two with Mirzadeh dominating the Golden Eagles Alex Chen without dropping a game 6-0, 6-0. On court five Tennessee knotted the score at one when Justin Kirstein beat Bailey 6-4, 6-2. The Seminoles retook the lead on court three when Sykut beat Josh Girling 6-2, 6-1 and minutes later added to the lead when Cloer beat Oscar Pachon 6-1, 6-4 on court four. The Golden Ealges pulled the biggest upset of the day on court one where Dan O’Brien beat Bowles in three sets 4-6, 6-3, 6-0. FSU then clinched the match on court six where Reiman, in his first career duel-match defeated Mario Gutierrez 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.
“I was a little nervous coming out and in the third I just came out and played my game,” Reiman said. “I thought that we had already clinched the match, so I wasn’t that nervous, but it was exciting and I had a great time out there.”
Florida State will return to the courts on Monday, January 19, in Tampa, Fla., when the Seminoles take on South Florida. For results and a match recap visit www.seminoles.com.
#11 Florida State 4, Tennessee Tech 2
No. 1: Dan O’Brien (TTU) d. #29 Clint Bowles (FSU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
No. 2: Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) d. Alex Chen (TTU) 6-0, 6-0
No. 3: #79 Maciek Sykut (FSU) d. Josh Girling (TTU) 6-2, 6-1
No. 4: Chris Cloer (FSU) d. Oscar Pachon (TTU) 6-1, 6-4
No. 5: Justin Kirstein (TTU) d. Drew Bailey (FSU) 6-4, 6-2
No. 6: Chris Reiman (FSU) d. Mario Gutierrez (TTU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
Order of finish: 2, 5, 3, 4, 1, 6
#11 Florida State 5, Florida Atlantic 2
No. 1: Mark Abdelnour (FAU) d. Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) 6-7(3), 7-5, 10-5
No. 2: #30 Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) d. Dan Vardag (FAU) 6-1, 7-5
No. 3: #29 Clint Bowles (FSU) d. Lawrence Harradine (FAU) 6-4, 6-4
No. 4: #79 Maciek Sykut (FSU) d. Josh Scholl (FAU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
No. 5: Chris Cloer (FSU) d. Eddie Machjers (FAU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
No. 6: Santiago Nieto (FAU) d. Chris Reiman (FSU) 6-2, 6-2
Order of finish: 6, 2, 3, 5, 4, 1
No. 1: #23 Aubone/Bowles (FSU) d. Abdelnour/Vardag (FAU) 8-2
No. 2: #47 Drew Bailey/Sykut (FSU) d. Machjer/Scholl (FAU) 8-2
No. 3: Cloer/Mirzadeh (FSU) def. Harradine/Nieto (FAU) 8-0
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1