April 3, 2009
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The No. 16-ranked Florida State men’s tennis team dropped a 4-2 match to No. 28 Wake Forest on Friday evening in Winston-Salem, N.C.
“It was a hard fought match,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “They just won every big match on the evening.”
The Seminoles (16-7, 5-2) dropped doubles for the second consecutive match. Things started strong on court one where 25th-ranked junior Jean-Yves Aubone and Vahid Mirzadeh upset the No.1-ranked team in the country Cory Parr and Steve Forman 8-6 on court one. However, the Demon Deacons came back to take the next two matches starting with court three where Jonathan Wolff and David Hopkins defeated sophomore Clint Bowles and freshman Chris Reiman 8-6. The point was decided in a court two tiebreak where seniors Drew Bailey and Maciek Sykut fell to Iain Atkinson and Carolos Salmon 9-8.
“It was great that we beat the No. 1 team in the country,” Hultquist said. “I was just surprised that we couldn’t get one of the other two matches.”
FSU fell behind 2-0 in singles play on court two where No. 49 Bowles was upset by Forman in straight sets 6-4, 7-5. The Garnet and Gold quickly made the score 2-1 on court four after Mirzadeh earned a victory against Hopkins 6-4, 6-3. The Demon Deacons earned a huge victory on court one to make the match 3-1. No. 11-ranked Aubone was upset by No. 21 Parr in three sets. Aubone was up 5-2 in the third set before Parr rallied to take the next five games to win the match 2-6, 6-3, 7-5. Wake Forest earned the clinching point on court five when Atkinson defeated senior Chris Cloer in three sets 2-6, 7-5, 6-3.
“Jean-Yves served for the match at 5-3 and didn’t win another game,” Hultquist said. “Chris had match point in the second set and then he went up a break but tonight was a night that we couldn’t finish.”
Florida State got its second point on court three as Sykut became the third winningest singles player in the history of the tennis program with a three set win against Wolff 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. The Marathon, Fla., native passed assistant coach Mat Cloer with his 86th career singles win.
“He’s won an awful lot of matches in his career,” “He had to come back in his match and I thought that showed a lot of character.”
Next up for the No. 16-ranked Seminoles is a road match against No. 48 North Carolina State. For live scoring and a match recap visit www.seminoles.com.
No. 5: Iain Atkinson (WFU) def. Chris Cloer (FSU) 2-6, 7-5, 6-3
No. 6: Jason Morgenstern (WFU) vs. Drew Bailey (FSU) DNF 7-5
Order of finish: 2, 4, 1, 5*, 3
No. 1: #25 Aubone/Mirzadeh (FSU) def. #1 Parr/Forman (WFU) 8-6
No. 2: Atkinson/Carlos Salmon (WFU) def. Bailey/Sykut (FSU) 9-8
No. 3: Wolff/Hopkins (WFU) def. Bowles/Chris Reiman (FSU) 8-6
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2*