March 28, 2008
Blacksburg, Va.- The No. 10 ranked Florida State men's tennis team passed a huge road test on Friday afternoon as the Seminoles defeated No. 28 Virginia Tech 4-3 on the strength of junior Maciek Sykut's three set victory.
"I thought the team fought really hard," FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. "To get our second big ACC road win is really good for us."
Florida State once again started strong by taking the doubles point. On court one the 27th ranked Seminole duo of sophomore Jean-Yves Aubone and Clint Bowles easily dispatched of Pedro Graber and Nicolas Delgado de Robles of Virginia Tech 8-2. FSU clinched the doubles point on court two as senior Sam Chang and junior Maciek Sykut won their fourth straight doubles match defeating the Hokies Albert Larregola and Brandon Corace 8-6. On court three juniors Drew Bailey and Chris Cloer were defeated by Virginia Tech's Yoann Re and Sebastian Jacques 8-6.
"We won the doubles point so getting off to a quick start was big," Hultquist said. "When Sam [Chang] and Maciek [Sykut] broke the Hokies serve at 7-6 to clinch the point gave us a lot of momentum."
The Seminoles (14-3, 5-1) quickly capitalized on the momentum from doubles when the 40th ranked Aubone defeated No. 55 Larregola 6-4, 6-2 on court one to give FSU a 2-0 edge. It looked like Florida State would cruise to an easy win but the Hokies roared back to win the next three matches. On court five Virginia Tech's Jacques defeated Cloer 6-4, 7-6(3). The Hokies second victory of the day came at the No. 2 position where Delgado de Robles upset No. 55 Bowles in straight sets 7-6(9), 6-2. The Seminoles gave up the lead on court six when red-shirt freshman Bobby Deye lost to Corace 7-6(8), 6-2. With two matches left on the court FSU had to win both and Chang delivered on court three with a 6-1, 5-7, 6-1 win over Re. That left Sykut and Graber as the last match on court four. The two split the first two sets with Sykut winning set one 6-3 and Graber winning the second 6-4. In the third and deciding set the player nicknamed "Magic" got an early break, fought off three break points on his own serve and then closed out the match with a 6-3 win.
"It was a big match for him," Hultquist said. "He played the whole third set with the match on the line and he played composed."
Florida State returns to the court on Sunday, March 30 when the Seminoles take on No. 1 Virginia in Charlottesville. The match begins at 1:00 p.m., for results visit www.seminoles.com.
FSU - 4, VT - 3
1. #27 Aubone/Bowles (FSU) def. Delgado de Robles/Graber (VT), 8-2
2. Chang/Sykut (FSU) def. Larregola/Corace (VT), 8-6
3. Re/Jacques (VT) def. Bailey/Cloer (FSU), 8-6
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
1. #40 Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) def. #55 Albert Larregola (VT), 6-4, 6-2
2. Nicolas Delgado de Robles (VT) def. #58 Clint Bowles (FSU), 7-6 (11-9), 6-2
3. Sam Chang (FSU) def. Yoann Re (VT), 6-1, 5-7, 6-1
4. Maciek Sykut (FSU) def. Pedro Graber (VT), 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
5. Sebastien Jacques (VT) def. Chris Cloer (FSU), 6-4, 7-6(3)
6. Brandon Corace (VT) def. Bobby Deye (FSU), 7-6 (10-8), 6-2
Order of Finish: 1, 5, 2, 6, 3, 4