Oct. 2, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla.- The Florida State men’s tennis team notched their first big victory of the season and it came from senior Sam Chang.
Chang (Young-Ming, Taiwan) upset top seeded and 48th ranked Richard Wire 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of qualifying at the Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. The senior followed up his victory with a win against Florida’s Jeff Dadamo. With Dadamo being ranked 121st, the win gave Chang his second consecutive victory against a ranked opponent.
“Clearly we see Sam (Chang) as a high nationally ranked player so we feel he’s under-ranked a little bit,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “He’s playing really good tennis right now. I think he’s got a good chance to keep it rolling.”
Freshman Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.) continued to show his promise winning his first round match against Marcus Echtler of Stetson 6-4, 6-4. Bowles followed his first win with a hard fought three set victory over TCU’s Kriegler Brink 7-6, 1-6, 7-6(5). The freshman phenom was down 4-2 in the third set before coming back to take the tie breaker.
“He (Bowles) was kind of down a couple times in the third and came back strong,” said Hultquist. “He picked it up on his serve and won some free points off that.”
In other singles competition, after losing his first round match, sophomore Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) defeated Johnny Hamui from Florida. Junior Maciek Sykut (Marathon, Fla.) lost his first two matches.
In doubles qualifying Aubone and Bowles defeated their first and second round opponents by a score of 8-5. The No. 4 seeded team of Chang and Sykut were upset by a team from East Tennessee 8-6 and junior Chris Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) and sophomore Bradley Mixson were upended by a team from Miami 8-3.
For updated match results, please visit www.seminoles.com.