March 23, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla.- The seventh-ranked Florida State men's tennis team rebounded from its 4-3 loss on Friday night to 13th ranked North Carolina by taking the first six points in a 6-1 victory over No. 66 Duke on Sunday, March 23, at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
"I think it was really important for us to bounce back," FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. "Obviously we were disappointed on Friday so I thought getting off to a good start was important [Sunday]."
The Seminoles (13-3, 4-1) did just that by sweeping the doubles matches against the Blue Devils (5-8, 2-1). On court three, the duo of junior Drew Bailey and sophomore Brad Mixson got FSU off to a fast start by defeating Duke's Alex Stone and Dylan Arnould 8-4. The Garnet and Gold wrapped up the doubles point at the No. 2 position as senior Sam Chang and junior Maciek Sykut beat Kiril Dimitrov and Reid Carleton 8-3. Florida State finished the sweep with the No. 27-ranked team of sophomore Jean-Yves Aubone and freshman Clint Bowles defeated the Blue Devils David Goulet and Christopher Price 9-7.
"Getting the doubles going was really important for us," Hultquist said. "Duke's No. 1 duo beat Miami on Friday and I thought we did a really good job in that match."
Florida State used the momentum from the doubles point to jump out quickly on courts one and two against Duke. At No. 1 the 40th ranked Aubone easily dispatched of Dimitrov 6-3, 6-2 to give FSU a 2-0 lead. Less than a minute later No. 58 Bowles took down No. 51 Goulet 6-4, 6-3.
"I think Clint [Bowles] and Jean-Yves [Aubone] getting off and giving us that lead was big," Hultquist said. "I thought every did pretty well and I think we probably need a day off after playing six matches in 16 days."
With the Seminoles up 3-0 Mixson finished off the Blue Devils with his 6-4, 6-4 victory over Stone on court five. Points five and six came from Sykut and Chang respectively. Sykut dominated Arnould on court four while Chang upset No. 57 Carleton at the No. 3 position in three sets 6-4, 6-7(6), 10-3. FSU's only loss on the day came at the No. 6 position as Chris Cloer returned from an ankle injury and lost in three sets to Duke's Jared Pinsky 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Florida State returns to the court on Friday, March, 28 as the Seminoles travel to Blacksburg, Va. to take on No. 37 Virginia Tech. For match results visit www.seminoles.com.
#7 Florida State 6 #66 Duke 1
No. 1: #40 Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) d. Kiril Dimitrov (DU) 6-3, 6-2
No. 2: #58 Clint Bowles (FSU) d. #51 David Goulet (DU) 6-4, 6-3
No. 3: Sam Chang (FSU) d. #57 Reid Carleton (DU) 6-4, 6-7(6), 10-3
No. 4: Maciek Sykut (FSU) d. Dylan Arnould (DU) 6-2, 6-2
No. 5:. Brad Mixson (FSU) d. Alex Stone (DU) 6-4, 6-4
No. 6: Jared Pinsky (DU) d. Chris Cloer (FSU) 2-6, 3-6, 6-4
Order of finish: 1, 2, 5, 4, 3, 6
No. 1: #27 Aubone/Bowles (FSU) d. Goulet/Christopher Price (DU) 9-7
No. 2: Chang/Sykut (FSU) d. Dimitrov/Carleton (DU) 8-3
No. 3: Mixson/ Drew Bailey (FSU) d. Stone/Arnould (DU) 8-4
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1