March 29, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 15-ranked Florida State men’s tennis took No. 1 Virginia to the limit, but could not pull out the win falling 4-3 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
“They won a couple more of the crucial points of the match than we did,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “I thought we played hard and we knew we were at their level. Virginia is clearly the best team in the conference, but we are right there too.”
The Seminoles (15-6, 5-1) started the match by losing all three doubles matches to the Cavs (22-0, 7-0). On court two the No. 4-ranked duo of Sanam Singh and Houston Barrick defeated seniors Drew Bailey 8-2. Virginia clinched the match on court one where No. 13 Dominic Inglot and Michael Shabaz defeated juniors Jean-Yves Aubone and Vahid Mirzadeh 8-6. On court three sophomore Clint Bowles and freshman Chris Reiman lost to Drew Courtney and Lee Singer 8-4.
“The one thing I don’t think we did well today was play good doubles,” Hultquist said. “We started a little slow, but we did play hard.”
In singles, UVA came out strong on court three to take a 2-0 lead when No. 18 Shabaz defeated Sykut in straight sets 6-2, 6-1. FSU came back quickly to make the score 2-1 on court six where Bailey dominated No. 83 Singer 6-4, 6-1.
“I thought that was the best match Drew has played in college, “Hultquist said. “He clinched for us last week and that gave him a lot of confidence and he really stepped it up.”
The Cavaliers took the next match to make the score 3-1 as No. 69 Barrick defeated Mirzadeh 7-6(1), 6-3. That left three matches on the court and all three went to a third and deciding set. On court five senior Chris Cloer was down 6-4, 5-2 to Courtney before surviving a pair of match points to rally and take the set to a tiebreaker. Cloer won 7-6(4) and was up 2-0 in the third before Courtney rallied to take the match and get the clinching point for Virginia 6-4.
Moments later No. 57-ranked Bowles finished his upset of No. 23 Singh 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. No. 20 Aubone finished off the match making the final score 4-3 with his 7-6(5), 6-7(3), 6-2 victory against No. 15 Inglot. Aubone has now won his last 11 ACC singles matches.
“I thought Clint beat one of the better players in the country by stepping up and playing well today,” Hultquist said. “Jean-Yves win was great as well just because Inglot serves so well. Our top guys did a great job.”
Up next for the Seminoles is their second road trip to the state of North Carolina this season. FSU will face Wake Forest on Friday, April 3 and North Carolina State on Sunday, April 5. For live scoring and match results log onto www.seminoles.com.