Jan. 28, 2009
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The No. 11-ranked Florida State men’s tennis team snapped a five-match losing streak to Notre Dame with a 4-3 victory against the Fighting Irish in South Bend, Ind. The win was number 141 for head coach Dwayne Hultquist tying him with former Seminole head man David Barron for the most in FSU tennis history.
“Notre Dame has beat us a bunch of times 4-3 and were fortunate enough to be on the winning end today,” Hultquist. “I thought that we played well in doubles and singles.”
The Seminoles (3-2) began the day by winning the doubles point after taking two out of three closely contested matches. On court three the team of senior Chris Cloer and junior Vahid Mirzadeh won the last two games of the set to take a 9-7 victory against Niall Fitzgerald and Matt Johnson. The 47th-ranked team of seniors Drew Bailey and Maciek Sykut clinched the point on court two with a 9-8(1) win over Stephen Havens and Casey Watt. FSU did lose the third match on court one with 23rd-ranked junior Jean-Yves Aubone and sophomore Clint Bowles were defeated in a tiebreaker Brett Helgeson and Tyler Davis 9-8(6).
“I thought that doubles was the key to the match,” Hultquist said. “Drew and Maciek were able to fight through in a tough match and played a great tiebreaker.”
The Garnet and Gold quickly raced out to a 3-0 lead thanks to a pair of straight set wins in singles. On court three the 79th-ranked Sykut easily dispatched on No. 112 Daniel Stahl 6-1, 6-3 and on court five Cloer defeated Fitzgerald 6-2, 6-3. The Fighting Irish (1-3) made the score 3-1 minutes later on court six when Samuel Keeton beat Bailey 7-5, 6-2. Notre Dame pulled within one on court four with Casey Watt’s straight set victory over Mirzadeh 6-4, 6-2.
“Maciek and Chris were both very sharp and dominated their guys,” Hultquist said. “I felt that we were able to put a lot of pressure on them with those early victories.”
The Seminoles closed out the match on court two as the 29th-ranked Bowles beat Havens in straight sets. After jumping out to a big first set lead, Bowles had to hold on to win the first set in a tiebreaker 7-6(5). The Tampa, Fla., native then clinched the match for FSU with a 6-4 second set victory. The match was finished on court one where No. 20 Helgeson beat No. 30 Aubone in three sets 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
Next up for Florida State is the first round of the ITA National Team Indoor Tournament in University Park, Penn. The Seminoles will play Duke in the first round on Friday, January 31, at 9:00 a.m. For results and a match recap log onto www.seminoles.com.
No. 1: #20 Brett Helgeson (ND) def. #30 Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
No. 2: #29 Clint Bowles (FSU) def. Stephen Havens (ND) 7-6(5), 6-4
No. 3: #79 Maciek Sykut (FSU) def. #112 Daniel Stahl (ND) 6-1, 6-3
No. 4: Casey Watt (ND) def. Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) 6-4, 6-2
No. 5: Chris Cloer (FSU) def. Niall Fitzgerald (ND) 6-2, 6-3
No. 6: Samuel Keeton (ND) def. Drew Bailey (FSU) 7-5, 6-2
Order of finish: 3, 5, 6, 4, 2*, 1
No. 1: #37 Helgeson/Tyler Davis (ND) def. #23 Aubone/Bowles (FSU) 9-8(6)
No. 2: #47 Bailey/Sykut (FSU) def. #25 Havens/Watt (ND) 9-8(1)
No. 3: Cloer/Mirzadeh (FSU) def. Fitzgerlad/Matt Johnson (ND) 9-7
Order of finish: 3, 2*, 1