March 15, 2008
Coral Gables, Fla. - The No. 17 Florida State men's tennis team concluded their spring break with a bang today, March 15, with a 5-2 victory over No. 18 Miami. The Seminoles are now 11-2, 2-0 while the Hurricanes fell to 9-3, 2-1. FSU has now won five of its last six matches this season.
"First of all Miami is a really good team," stated head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "It was a very hard fought match and to win on the road down here speaks a lot about our team and where we've come from. It was a very, very tight match, 5-2, but 5-2 doesn't show how close it really was."
The Seminoles won at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center in Coral Gables, Fla. to stop the Hurricane's undefeated home record this season. Although this was considered an away match for the team, three members from south Florida, Brad Mixson, Jean-Yves Aubone and Maciek Sykut, brought a lot of fans representing Florida State to the match.
Miami native sophomore Mixson clinched the victory for the Seminoles in a tight three set match against J.C. Whitner winning 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 on court six. On court two, No. 91 freshman Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) defeated No. 101 David Rosenfeld 6-2, 6-4.
"It was a great feeling being from Miami and being recruited by Miami to be able and go and clinch the match for my team with all of my family and friends I had there supporting me," stated Mixson. "It was a really hard fought battle and a great match."
Also winning in singles play was junior Sykut (Marathon, Fla.) and senior Sam Chang (Young-Ming, Taiwan), who both lost in doubles. Sykut started on court four shaky against Carl Sundberg losing his first set, but came back strong for a 0-6, 7-6, 6-1 win. Chang was the final Seminole off the courts as he defeated Vivek Subramanian 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 on court three.
The No. 3 player in the nation, Daniel Vallverdu of Miami, defeated sophomore Aubone on court one 6-2, 6-2. Junior Chris Cloer won the first set 6-1, but rolled his ankle causing him to lose. Keith Crowley won that match for the Hurricanes 1-6, 7-6, 6-1 on court five.
In doubles play, the Seminoles won two of the three matches. The No. 30 duo of Aubone and Bowles defeated the No. 15 doubles team in the nation of Vallverdu and Carl Sundberg 8-3 on court one. Mixson and junior Drew Bailey (Tallahassee, Fla.) won on court three 8-6 against Kieth Crowley and Whitner.
The Seminoles return to action Tuesday at home against No. 52 Clemson. The match begins at 5 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Admission is free.
No. 17 Florida State 5, No. 18 Miami 2