May 11, 2008
"Two years in a row we were right there to get to the final site," FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. "I think right now we are at the stage of our program where we feel that we are top 10 in the country and I feel like something's missing if we don't make it to the final site."
Things started well for the Seminoles (21-6, 10) in doubles as they swept the Jaguars in two matches. On court three the team of junior Drew Bailey and sophomore Brad Mixson easily dispatched of
It looked like it was going to be an easy day for
"For the whole season the bottom of our lineup has been really reliable," Cloer said. "When you go in with that mindset and have confidence in those players it certainly helps."
"We talk about it all the time, but it is hard not to watch the other courts," Hultquist said. "That happened a little bit to us today with Jean-Yves [Aubone] and Sam [Chang]."
The match came down to No. 85 Bowles and Hodel on court number two. Bowles won the first set 7-5 and was up 5-2 in the second, but Hodel was able to save three match points and win the last five games of the second set to even the match with a 7-5 victory. In the third set, Bowles broke Hodel to start things off and he never looked back cruising to a 6-1 victory which set off a raucous celebration on the court.
"He [Hodel] played really well," Bowles said. "I just tried to keep my composure and stay positive. I just focused and played one point at a time."
"Even though he's a freshman, Clint [Bowles] can come through in the clutch," Hultquist said. "I felt like he wasn't going to panic and he made two good adjustments in the third set. Champions want it on their racket"
No. 1: #34 Jack Baker (
No. 2: #85 Clint Bowles (FSU) def. Robert Hodel (
No. 3: #107 Marek Sramek (
No. 4: R.J. Nagel (
No. 5: Chris Cloer (FSU) def. Aaron Krisan (
No. 6: Brad Mixson (FSU) def. Michael O'Brien (
Order of finish: 6, 5, 1, 3, 4, 2
No. 1: #15 Aubone/Bowles (FSU) vs. Baker/Nagel (
No. 2: Chang/Sykut (FSU) def. Hodel/Sramek (
No. 3: Drew Bailey/Mixson (FSU) def. Krisan/O'Brien (
Order of finish: 3, 2