April 12, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 16-ranked Florida State men’s tennis team earned itself a first-round bye in the ACC Tournament with a 7-0 victory against Boston College Sunday at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
“No one has ever won four matches in a row at the ACC Tournament so it’s important to get that bye,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “I’m not sure how everythong will play out, but this is the time of year where every match becomes more important.”
The Seminoles (18-7, 8-2) jumped out quickly in doubles dominating the first two matches. On court one the No. 25-ranked duo of juniors Jean-Yves Aubone and Vahid Mirzadeh cruised to an 8-1 victory against Sam Wagner and Brian Garber. FSU earned the point clinching win on court two where seniors Drew Bailey and Maciek Sykut defeated Thomas Nolan and Alex Skinner 8-2. Senior Chris Cloer and freshman Chris Reiman came back from a 5-2 deficit on court three to beat Akash Muppidi and Adam Davison 8-5.
“Our teams and one and two have played will all year and today was no different, “Hultquist said. “They came out and didn’t lose many games and were very sharp.”
FSU repeated its performance from doubles on the singles courts easily winning the first four matches. Mirzadeh was the first to finish for the Garnet and Gold, defeating Skinner 6-1, 6-0 on court three. Cloer gave Florida State a 3-0 lead on court five beating Alex Rastorgouev in straight sets 6-0, 6-2. The match was clinched on court one as No. 11-ranked Aubone dominated Nolan winning every game 6-0, 6-0.
“We were heavily favored, but you still have to come out and perform and we did today,” Hultquist said. “I thought Vahid, Chris and Jean-Yves all got off the court quickly and set the tone for us.”
Bailey continued his hot play winning his fifth consecutive match with a victory against Brendon Wong 6-2, 6-3 on court four. On court two Sykut moved within one match of tying Jason White as the all-time winningest player in FSU history with a straight sets victory against Muppidi 6-2, 6-4. Reiman finished off the sweep with his first career ACC single’s victory, a 4-6, 6-4, 1-0(4) triumph over Brian Locklear.
“They guy that Maciek played is a really good player who has won some good matches in the ACC,” Hultquist said. “It was also great for Chris to come from behind and get a win as well.”
Next up for the Seminoles is the 2009 ACC Tournament in Cary, N.C. FSU will be the No. 4 seed and will play the winner of the match between the No. 5 seed and No. 12 seed. The pairing will be released later in the day on Sunday. For results and match recaps visit www.seminoles.com.