Aubone Upsets No. 3 Ranked Player In The Country But Seminoles Fall 4-3 To No. 25 Miami
Seminoles fail to close out two matches as Hurricanes upset FSU in the semifinals of the 2008 ACC Tournament.
April 19, 2008
Altamonte Springs, Fla.- The No. 10 Florida State men's tennis team lost a heartbreaking 4-3 decision to No. 25 Miami in the semifinals of the 2008 ACC Tournament Saturday Afternoon at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla. Sophomore Jean-Yves Aubone had the biggest win in his career upsetting third-ranked Daniel Vallverdu 7-6(7), 2-6, 6-4.
"We lost 4-3, but we did have match points on two of the matches that we lost," FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. "That just shows you how competitive and hard fought it was."
Florida State (19-5, 10-3) put themselves in an early 1-0 hole after losing the doubles point to Miami (16-6, 9-4). On court one the 15th-ranked duo of Aubone and Bowles lost 8-6 to No. 7 Vallverdu and Carl Sundberg. The Hurricanes clinched the point minutes later on court two as senior Sam Chang and junior Maciek Sykut lost to Vivek Subramanian and David Rosenfeld 8-5.
"I thought this would have been a different match if we would have won doubles," Hultquist said. "They just outplayed us in that area this afternoon."
FSU got off to a strong start in singles as Bowles and junior Chris Cloer raced out to a pair of straight set wins. On court three, the 75th-ranked Bowles defeated Rosenfeld 7-6(1), 6-2 and Cloer beat J.C. Whitner 6-3, 7-5 less than a minute later.
With the Seminoles up 2-1 Sykut was defeated on court four by Sundberg in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 to tie the match at two. The Garnet and Gold looked like they would go up 3-2 on court five when sophomore Brad Mixson went up 6-3 and 5-0 in a second set tiebreaker against the Hurricanes Keith Crowley, but Crowley won nine out of the last 11 points to take the second set. Crowley then won the third set easily 6-0 to give Miami a 3-0 lead.
"We won four first sets, to put ourselves in good position," Hultquist said. "But their guy at number five played awfully good because Brad had a couple of match points to close it out."
With only two matches left on the court Aubone supplied the dramatics for Florida State. Down 4-3 in the third set to Vallverdu, 19th-ranked Aubone won three straight games to upset Miami's No. 1 player 7-6(7), 2-6, 6-4 to knot the match at three.
"That was a big win for Jean-Yves [Aubone] today over a top five player," Hultquist said. "He played with a lot of heart and came back in that match."
That left Chang and Subramanian on court two to decide the match. The two split the first two sets 7-6(4), 3-6. In the third set the 81st-ranked Chang went up 5-2 and had a match point on Subramanian, but the senior battled back and went up 6-5 on Chang. Chang faced four match points and finally lost the match on Subramanian's fifth break opportunity to clinch the match for Miami with a 7-5 third-set win.
Florida State returns to the court on Saturday, April 26 for senior day at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center against No. 35 Notre Dame. The match begins at 1:00 p.m. and for live scoring visit www.seminoles.com.
1. #7 Daniel Vallverdu/Carl Sundberg (UM) def. #15 Jean-Yves Aubone/Clint Bowles (FSU) 8-6
2. #43 David Rosenfeld/Vivek Subramanian (UM) d. Sam Chang/Maciek Sykut (FSU) 8-5
3. Brad Mixson/Drew Bailey (FSU) vs. Keith Crowley/J.C. Whitner (UM) 8-7 DNF
Order of finish: 1, 2
1. #19 Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) def. #3 Daniel Vallverdu (UM) d. 7-6(7), 2-6, 6-4
3. Vivek Subramanian (UM) def. #81 Sam Chang (FSU) 6-7(4), 6-3, 7-5
3. #75 Clint Bowles (FSU) def. David Rosenfeld (UM) 7-6(1), 6-2 4. Carl Sundberg (UM) def. Maciek Sykut (FSU) d. 6-4, 6-3
5. Keith Crowley (UM) d. Brad Mixson (FSU) 3-6, 7-6(7), 6-0
6. Chris Cloer (FSU) d. J.C. Whitner (UM) 6-3, 7-5
Order of finish: 3, 6, 4, 5, 1, 2