May 10, 2008
"Early on I thought that they [Samford] were competing really well," FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. "I think our shot making and our conditioning paid of a little bit."
The Seminoles (20-6, 10-3) started strong winning two doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead. The No. 15-ranked duo of sophomore Jean-Yves Aubone and freshman Clint Bowles defeated Hank Grant and Sam Huffman 8-3 on court number one. The win tied the duo with Jeff Groslimond and Chris Westerhof on the single season double's victories list with 27. On court three junior Drew Bailey and sophomore Brad Mixson beat the Bulldogs Renan Silveira and Kelvin DeWet 8-5 to clinch the point. Bailey and Mixson won the last four games of the set to get the victory.
"They [Aubone and Bowles] have been pretty good all year," Hultquist said. "They make a lot of balls, they volley very well and they make it difficult to get the ball back."
In singles, the Seminoles got a pair of 6-1, 6-1 victories to take a quick 3-0 lead. On court four, junior Maciek Sykut defeated Samford's Brian Dushock and minutes later junior Chris Cloer followed suit with his win against Oliver Reynolds.
"It was big because that doesn't always happen with me," Sykut said. "I wanted to set that tone for the rest of the team and get off the courts quickly."
"I was just trying to focus on what was happening on my court," Bowles said. "There were several matches close to finishing, but I didn't let that distract me, I just did my thing."
The Seminoles will face the winner of the
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No. 1: #13 Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) vs. Renan Silveira (SAM) 6-4, 5-2 DNF
No. 2: #85 Clint Bowles (FSU) vs. Jordan Delass (SAM) 7-5, 6-2
No. 3: #92 Sam Chang (FSU) vs. Hank Grant (SAM) 6-4, 3-3 DNF
No. 4: Maciek Sykut (FSU) def. Brian Dushock (SAM) 6-1, 6-1
No. 5: Chris Cloer (FSU) def. Oliver Reynolds (SAM) 6-1, 6-1
No. 6: Drew Bailey (FSU) vs. Sam Huffman (SAM) 6-2, 5-6 DNF
Order of finish: 4, 5, 2*
No. 1: #15 Aubone/Bowles (FSU) def. Grant/Huffman (SAM) 8-3
No. 2: Chang/Sykut (FSU) vs. Delass/Richard Walsh (SAM) 4-6 DNF
No. 3: Drew Bailey/Mixson (FSU) vs. Silveira/Kelvin DeWet (SAM) 8-5
Order of finish: 1, 3*