March 8, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - The No. 31 Florida State men's tennis team traveled to the west coast and defeated No. 36 Stanford 7-0. The Seminoles won two of the three doubles matches to win the doubles point and won all of singles matches to clinch the win at the Taube Tennis Center. The Seminoles are now 8-4 and 1-1 in the ACC.
In doubles play, freshman duo Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Florida) and Bradley Mixson (Miami, Florida) defeated Eric McKean and Jeff Zeller 8-5. Senior Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and junior Sam Chang (Young-Ming, Taiwan) defeated Paul Morrisey and Richard Wire in a close match 9-7 to clinch the doubles point. Sucupira injured himself when the score was 6-7, but pulled himself though the rest of the match to win 9-7. Using the momentum from the doubles match, the team headed to singles play.
"I thought one of the key things for the match was the doubles," stated head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "I thought that really gave us a lot of momentum going into singles. We won the five sets pretty quickly. I really give Jonathas (Sucupira) a lot of credit playing hurt and winning that match. He kind of gutted it out with a quad strain and he just hung in there and Sam played really well."
The Seminoles used that momentum to win all six matches and to finish the sweep over Stanford. Senior Ytai Abougzir (Boca Raton, Florida) upset No. 66 Wire 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 in the one position while Aubone defeated Blake Muller 6-1, 7-6. Sophomore Maciek Sykut (Marathon, Florida), while playing in the three spot, won 6-3, 4-6, 10-3 against Eric McKean.
Winning 6-1, 6-4 was Chang against Kevin Kaiser in the four position. Sophomore Chris Cloer (Brevard, North Carolina), filling in for the injured Sucupira, continued the winning with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Morrissey in the five position. Mixson won 6-1, 6-4 in the six position against Zeller.
"It was a tough weekend losing those two matches (against Georgia Tech and Clemson), we lost them both 4-3," continued Hultquist. "I think one of the things the guys did was really working hard out here yesterday and having a good practice. I thought we had a really positive attitude going into this match. Stanford's program over the last 30 years is the best program in the nation. They have produced a lot of great players. I feel very honored we beat them today and to beat them is a great statement for our program."
The Seminoles play Pepperdine on Friday, March 9 at 1:30 PT.