Feb. 20, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- The No. 16 Florida State men's tennis team came out looking for a win against Furman (4-4) and got it. The Seminoles (8-4) posted its first shut of the season as they beat the No. 70 Paladins 7-0 today, Friday, February 20. FSU is now 31-4 all-time against Furman who is coached by Florida State's former head coach Paul Scarpa.
"It's the first shut out we've had all year," head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. "I think that's a good sign. I think Furman's a very good team and they always compete so hard. We won three three setters. I was pleased to get a 7-0 win. That means everyone kind of hung in there and battled hard and won. It could've been a lot closer and we expected a close match so I was pleased with it today."
The Seminoles took the court first in doubles winning two of the three matches to claim the doubles point. On court two juniors Jean-Yves Aubone and Vahid Mirzadeh topped Furman's Bo Ladyman and Jordan Walters 8-5. Teaming up for the first time together was sophomore Clint Bowles and freshman Chris Reiman. The duo won 8-4 against Chris Rhyne and Andrei Chevstov on court three.
"I thought Chris Reiman and Clint (Bowles) had very good doubles," explained Hultquist. "I was very pleased to how they played doubles, it was their first time playing together."
Mirzadeh was the first Seminole to come off the courts in single play as he defeated Philip Fuelkell 6-4, 6-1 on court four. After being down 2-4 in the second set, senior Drew Bailey came back to win 6-4, 6-4 on court six against Sawyer Duncan. Continuing the Seminole winning was No. 55 Bowles as he won against Ladyman 6-4, 6-4 on court two.
As the first three teammates came off the court, their teammates were all battling in three set matches. Senior Maciek Sykut defeated Daniel Knause on court three 6-1, 3-6, 6-2. Senior Chris Cloer fought with Chris Motes on court five and came away victorious with a 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 win. The final Seminole, No. 19 Aubone, was on court one against Andy Joc and did not let his Seminole faithful down as he completed the shut out with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 victory.
"I was really pleased with Drew getting the win there," described Hultquist. "I thought he was really good and with Chris Cloer, too. Chris has been kind of sick and didn't do as well as he would have liked at National Indoors. I was very pleased with him."
The Seminole take the courts again on Sunday, February 22 at 1 p.m. Admission is free at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. For live stats and results, visit Seminoles.com.
#16 Florida State 7, #70 Furman 0