March 21, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. - The seventh Florida State men's tennis team lost its first ACC match of the season falling to No. 13 North Carolina 4-3 in front a full crowd at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
"I thought they play well and I thought [Clay] Donato played better as the match progressed," FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. "That was probably the difference in the match. I thought we did a good job of hanging in there, but they played well."
The match was decided at the No. 4 position where junior Maciek Sykut was defeated by UNC's Clay Donato. Sykut won the first set decisively 6-3, but lost the second set 6-2 to send the match into a deciding third-set. Donato jumped out to a 5-1 lead and held on to take the set 6-3 to finish off the Seminoles.
"Maciek [Sykut] was struggling to hold serve a little bit in the second set," Hultquist said. "I was hoping he would be able to finish the match off, but it didn't work out that way."
The match started out well for Florida State (12-3, 3-1) with the Garnet and Gold taking the doubles point for the Tar Heels (10-3, 2-0). Carolina took the first doubles match on court No. 3 as David Stone and Tristan Heinrich defeated junior Drew Bailey and sophomore Brad Mixson 8-6. The Seminoles then countered with a pair up ranked victories beginning with the No. 27-ranked duo of sophomore Jean-Yves Aubone and freshman Clint Bowles upsetting the fourth ranked team in the country Taylor Fogleman and Chris Kearney 9-7 at the No. 1 position. Senior Sam Chang and Sykut then followed suit on court two defeating 43rd ranked Stefan Hardy and Donato of UNC in a tiebreaker 9-8(4).
I thought our double's teams played great tonight," Hultquist said. "Beating them at one and two is pretty hard to do because the doubles is pretty key to them, I think they plan on that point."
With the Seminoles taking an early 1-0, North Carolina roared back winning the first two singles matches. On court five Mixson was defeated by Fogleman in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 and at the No. 2 position No. 58-ranked Bowles was over-powered by No. 78-ranked Hardy 6-1, 6-2. However, Florida State roared back taking the next two matches beginning with the No. 3 position as Chang upset No. 71 Kearney 6-2, 6-3 while No. 40 Aubone dispatched of No. 112 Benjamin Carlotti 6-3, 6-1. The Tar Heels tied the match at three at the No. 6 position as Will Plyler defeated red-shirt freshman Bobby Deye 6-3, 6-3.
Next up for Florida State is an Easter Sunday showdown the No.66 Duke at 12:00 p.m. For live match results visit www.seminoles.com.
#13 North Carolina 4 #7 Florida State 3
No. 1: #40 Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) d. #112 Ben Carlotti (UNC) 6-3, 6-1
No. 2: #78 Stefan Hardy (UNC) d. #58 Clint Bowles (FSU) 6-1, 6-2
No. 3: Sam Chang (FSU) d. #71 Chris Kearney (UNC) 6-2, 6-3
No. 4: Clay Donato (UNC) d. Maciek Sykut (FSU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
No. 5:.Taylor Fogleman (UNC) d. Brad Mixson (FSU) 6-3, 6-2
No. 6: Will Plyler (UNC) d. Bobby Deye (FSU) 6-3, 6-3
Order of finish: 5, 2, 3, 1, 6, 4
Doubles No. 1: #27 Aubone/Bowles (FSU) d. #4 Fogleman/Kearney (UNC) 9-7
No. 2: Chang/Sykut (FSU) d. #43 Hardy/Donato (UNC)9-8(4)
No. 3: David Stone/Tristan Heinrich (UNC) d.Mixson/ Drew Bailey (FSU) 8-6
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2