April 20, 2007
CARY, N.C. –
No. 6 seed Florida State men’s tennis clinched a huge upset on Friday afternoon after defeating No. 3 Seed Duke 4-2 at the Cary Tennis Center. The Seminoles fell to Duke earlier in regular season in Durham, N.C. Florida State will now advance to the semifinals to take on No. 2 seed North Carolina on Saturday, April 21 at 1:00 p.m. also at the Cary Tennis Center. The winner will advance to the finals to take on either No. 1 seed Virginia or No. 4 seed Wake Forest on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
Doubles competition held match-deciding breaks on all three courts. In position one, senior Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and juniors Sam Chang (Young-Ming, Taiwan) fought back to break Duke’s Joey Atas and David Goulet twice to win 8-5. Senior Ytai Abougzir (Boca Raton, Fla.) and freshman Bradley Mixson (Miami, Fla.) dominated on court two to lose their serve at 7-5. The very next game, the Seminoles came charging back to break the Blue Devils’ Dylan Arnould and Ned Samuelson 8-6.
“I think this win has to rank up there with one of our biggest wins of the year, right there with the Florida match and maybe on the road beating Wake Forest,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said.
“I thought the doubles were exceptional,” Hultquist said. “Our position one doubles played really well against a top ten team in the country. To get the doubles point for us was very important and moved the momentum forward for us to win four first sets.”
The Blue Devils answered back to Florida State’s double performance downing sophomore Chris Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) in position five 6-3, 6-1 while Sucupira took charge on court two as he defeated Atas 6-4, 6-3. Chang followed doubles partner with a win on court four as he dominated Duke’s Arnould 6-4, 6-1 while the Blue Devil’s Alex Stone overcame Mixson in the six position 7-5, 6-3.
The match clincher came down to a battle on court one as Abougzir defeated Kiri Dimitrov 6-4, 6-2. Abougzir fell to Dimitrov when the two battle during regular season in Durham, N.C.
“I think one of the signs of a real good team is when different people win on different days,” Hultquist explained. “I thought Ytai (Abougzir) really stepped up to beat a guy he had lost to earlier in the year and I thought that was the key singles match. Jon and Sam just killed their guys. We played a great team and the match was only two hours and forty-five minutes which is relatively short for two teams that are top twenty.”
No. 6 seed Florida State now advances to the semifinals to take on the No. 2 seed North Carolina Tar Heels. The last time the two teams met was April 1, 2007 at Chapel Hill, N.C. where the Tar Heels defeated Florida State 4-3. Semifinals will begin on Saturday, April 21 at 1:00 p.m. at the Cary Tennis Center.
No. 6 Seed Florida State 4, No. 3 Seed Duke 2
1. #34 Chang/Sucupira (FSU) def. #10 Atas/Goulet (Duke) 8-5
2. Abougzir/B. Mixson (FSU) def. Arnould/Ned Samuelson 8-6
3. Sykut/Andrew Bailey (FSU) vs. Dmitrov/Rodrigues 6-5 DNF
Order of Finish: 1, 2*
1.#67 Ytai Abougzir (FSU) def. #54 Kiril Dimitrov (Duke) 6-4, 6-2
2. Jonathas Sucupira (FSU) def. #105 Joey Atas (Duke) 6-4, 6-3
3. Maciek Sykut (FSU) vs. #99 Peter Rodrigues (Duke) 6-2, 4-6, 3-3 DNF
4. Sam Chang (FSU) def. Dylan Arnould (Duke) 6-4, 6-1
5. David Goulet (Duke) def. Chris Cloer (FSU) 6-3, 6-1
6. Alex Stone (Duke) def. Bradley Mixson (FSU) 7-5, 6-3
Order of Finish: 5, 2, 4, 6, 1*