Feb. 9, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. - No. 14 Florida State men's tennis lost its first match of the season dropping a 5-2 decision to No. 19 Florida in Gainesville, Fla. Saturday afternoon.
"We didn't play really well in singles I'm disappointed," FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. "I felt like we did some good things, but Florida's a good team and they outplayed us today in the singles."
The Seminole began the day strong, taking the doubles point by dominating all three matches. The No. 31 ranked team of sophomore Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) and Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) were off the court first winning at the No. 1 position against Greg Ouellette and Tyler Hochwalt 8-2. FSU clinched the doubles point when the No. 2 tandem of senior Sam Chang (Young-Ming, Taiwan) and junior Maciek Sykut (Marathon, Fla.) defeated Jeff Dadamo and Johnny Hamui 8-5. Sophomore Brad Mixson (Miami, Fla.) and junior Drew Bailey (Tallahassee, Fla.) finished off the sweep at the No. 3 position beating Nestor Briceno and Alex Lacroix.
"I think Clint and Jean-Yves played really well," Hultquist said. "We got a lead on all three courts and sustained it, we really served strongly."
The Gators were victorious in five-out-of-six singles matches beginning at the No.5 position as Hamui defeated Mixson is straight sets 6-2, 6-3. Junior Chris Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) gave the Seminoles its only victory in singles at the No. 6 position winning against Erik Corace in straight sets 6-3, 7-6(6). Cloer's victory gave Florida State a 2-1 lead, but it was also the last match the Seminoles would win. The No. 57 ranked Lacroix defeated No. 68 Chang 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 2 position to tie the score at two and the Gators took the lead when Hochwalt defeated Sykut 6-3, 7-5 at the No. 4 position. The best match of the day came at the No. 3 position between a pair of freshman. Bowles and Dadamo went three sets with Dadamo prevailing to clinch the match 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. Dadamo dominated the first set and started out up 2-0 in the second before Bowles roared back to take the set 6-3. The two went back-and-forth in the third with Dadamo breaking Bowles at 5-4 to get the win and give the Gators the victory.
"Clint battled back the whole match and got it back to 4-4 in the third set," Hultquist said. "[Jeff] Dadamo hit a lot of winners and a lot of good shots, he played extremely well."
In the last match of the day, the No. 8 ranked Ouellette defeated Aubone at the No. 1 position 6-3, 7-6(5). Florida State will have a week off before hosting No. 21 ranked Pepperdine on Saturday, February 23 at 1:00 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
No. 8 Greg Ouellette (UF) def. Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) 6-3, 7-6(5)
No. 57 Alex Lacroix (UF) def. No. 68 Sam Chang (FSU) 6-3, 6-4
Jeff Dadamo (UF) def. No. 78 Clint Bowles 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
Tyler Hochwalt (UF) def. Maciek Sykut (FSU) 6-3, 7-5
Johnny Hamui (UF) def. Brad Mixson (FSU) 6-2, 6-3
Chris Cloer (FSU) def. Erik Corace (UF) 6-3, 7-6(6)
Order of Finish: 5, 6, 2, 4, 3, 1
No. 31 Aubone/Bowles (FSU) def. Ouellette/Hochwalt (UF) 8-2
Chang/Sykut (FSU) def. Dadamo/Hamui (UF) 8-5
Drew Bailey/Mixson def. Nestor Briceno/Lacroix(UF) 8-5
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3