April 18, 2009
CARY, N.C.- The No. 16-ranked Florida State men’s tennis team pushed No. 1 Virginia to three sets on five out of six courts but could not seal the deal falling 4-0 in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament in Cary, N.C.
“Virginia showed why they are the No. 1 team in the country today,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “We won four first sets, but when it came down to the time to win they were better than we were.”
The Seminoles started out strong in doubles with seniors Drew Bailey and Maciek Sykut upset the No. 4-ranked team in the country Sanam Singh and Houston Barrick 8-3. After losing the first two games of the set, the seniors won seven straight games to cruise to the victory. With that doubles victory Sykut tied Jason White for the most doubles/singles wins in Florida State history and became the first Seminole in the history of the program to win 90 singles matches and 80 doubles matches. The Cavs came back on court one where No. 13-ranked Dominic Inglot and Michael Shabaz defeated 20th-ranked juniors Jean-Yves Aubone and Vahid Mirzadeh 8-5. The match was clinched on court three where senior Chris Cloer and sophomore Clint Bowles were beaten by Drew Courtney and Lee Singer 8-5.
“Drew and Maciek were able to beat one of the best teams in the country pretty handily,” Hultquist said. “I was really pleased with how they played and to run off seven straight games is pretty impressive.”
After racing out to four first set victories in singles, the Seminoles found themselves in trouble with five matches going to three sets. No. 51-ranked Bowles won his first set against No. 27-ranked Singh 6-1, but ended up losing the next two 6-3, 6-2 to give Virginia a 2-0 lead. In the only match not to enter a third set 2009 ACC Player of the Year Aubone was defeated by No. 17 Inglot in a pair of tiebreakers 7-6(1), 7-6(7). The Cavalier’s clinched the match on court four where No. 82 Barrick defeated Mirzadeh 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.
“I think we are a very good team this year, but we have not broken through against the best teams yet,” Hultquist said. “It’s something that we have to train for and hopefully we’ll break through at the end of the year.”
Will be the first round of the NCAA Tournament beginning on May 8. If the Seminoles are one of the top 16-ranked teams in the country they will host the first two rounds of the tournament at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
No. 1: #17 Dominic Inglot (UVA) def. #16 Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) 7-6(1), 7-6(7)
No. 2: #27 Sanam Singh (UVA) def. #51 Clint Bowles (FSU) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
No. 3: Maciek Sykut (FSU) vs. #25 Michael Shabaz (UVA) DNF
No. 4: #83 Houston Barrick (UVA) def. Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
No. 5: Drew Bailey (FSU) vs. Drew Courtney (UVA) DNF
No. 6: Chris Cloer (FSU) vs. #87 Lee Singer (UVA) DNF
Order of finish: 2, 1, 4*
No. 1: #13 Inglot/Shabaz (UVA) def. #20 Aubone/Mirzadeh (FSU) 8-5
No. 2: Bailey/Sykut (FSU) def. #4 Singh/Barrick (UVA) 8-3
No. 3: Courtney/Singer (UVA) def. Bowles/Cloer (FSU) 8-5
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3*