March 21, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. –
No. 29 Florida State men’s tennis captured their second ACC win of the season on Wednesday evening after defeating No. 45 Maryland 6-1 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Florida State improves their overall season record to 10-5 and 2-2 in the ACC while Maryland slips to 10-3 and 2-2 in the ACC.
Florida State dominated in doubles competition as they defeated the Terrapins in all three match-ups to clinch the first point of the day. Florida State’s senior Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and junior Sam Chang (Young-Ming, Taiwan) downed Maryland’s Andrew Orban and Trey Taylor in position two 8-5 while senior Ytai Abougzir (Boca Raton, Fla.) and sophomore Maciek Sykut (Marathon, Fla.) clinched the Seminole doubles point on center court by defeating David Kwon and Boris Fetbroyt of Maryland 8-4. Last match to finish took place in position number three with freshmen team Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) and Bradley Mixson (Miami, Fla.) as they overcame the Terps’ Nicolas Frayssinoux and Nickolai Nielson 8-6.
“We lost a couple (doubles points) in a row and I thought that we played better today in doubles,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “They’re 10-2 in the doubles points so we kinda knew that would be an important one to win. I thought a couple of our match-ups were tough and those matches ended up being close matches, but I thought are guys did a good job of being aggressive today.”
Singles play remained in Florida State’s favor as #119 Aubone dominated position two over Maryland’s Kwon 6-1, 6-0 while fellow freshman Mixson defeated Maryland’s Louis Lavallee on court six 6-3, 6-0. Finishing immediately after to clinch the Seminoles victory was Chang on court four over the Terps’ Nielsen 6-2, 6-1 as sophomore Chris Cloer (Brevard, NC) defeated Maryland’s Fetbroyt in position five 6-0, 6-4. On center court #82 Abougzir played a tight match to defeat Maryland’s Frayssinoux 7-6 (3), 6-4 while Sykut fought back to split only to fall in a third set tiebreak to Andrew Orban 5-7, 6-4, 10-3.
“I think we’ve got a lot of good singles players, I think we’ve got a lot of depth,” coach Hultquist explained. “Jon (Sucupira) was a little hurt today and Brad (Mixson) is doing well, I think he’s 9-1 in singles. I think our doubles will get better, we just have to continue working on it.”
No. 29 Florida State men’s tennis (10-5, 2-2 ACC) return later this week to the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on Friday, March 23 at 5:00 p.m. to take on the Boston College Eagles. Dinner from Connies Hams & Roasters will be available to purchase for 10 dollars per person. As always, admission to all Florida State tennis matches are free.
1. Abougzir/Sykut (FSU) def. Kwon/Fetbroyt (UM) 8-4
2. Sucupira/Chang (FSU) def. Orban/Trey Taylor (UM) 8-5
3. Aubone/Mixson (FSU) def. Frayssinoux/Nielson (UM) 8-6
Order of Finish: 2, 1*, 3
*- Clinched win.
1. #82 Ytai Abougzir (FSU) def. Nicolas Frayssinoux (UM) 7-6 (3), 6-4
2. #119 Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) def. David Kwon (UM) 6-1, 6-0
3. Andrew Orban (UM) def. Maciek Sykut (FSU) 5-7, 6-4, 10-3
4. Sam Chang (FSU) def. Nickolai Nielsen (UM) 6-2, 6-1
5. Chris Cloer (FSU) def. Boris Fetbroyt (UM) 6-0, 6-4
6. Bradley Mixson (FSU) def. Louis Lavallee (UM) 6-3, 6-0
Order of Finish: 2, 6, 4*, 5, 1, 3
*- Clinched win.