Jan. 31, 2009
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The No. 18-ranked Florida State men’s tennis team advanced to the second round of the ITA National Indoor Team Championships on Saturday with a 5-0 victory against No. 33 Duke in University Park, Pa. The win was number 142 for Seminole head coach Dwayne Hultquist making him the all-time wins leader at Florida State.
“I think we’ve steadily gotten better over the years and it’s really a credit to the players that we have here,” Hultquist said. “They’ve believed in our program and even though it is a personal achievement I believe that most of the credit needs to go to our kids.”
The doubles point came down to a dramatic tiebreaker on court three. FSU won the first doubles match on court one when No. 23-ranked junior Jean-Yves Aubone and sophomore Clint Bowles defeated No. 38 Kiril Dimitrov and Alain Michel 8-3. The Blue Devils (2-1) came right back and won on court two with Reid Carleton and Dylan Arnould upsetting No. 47 seniors Drew Bailey and Maciek Sykut 8-5. The Seminoles (4-2) were able to pull out the point as the team of senior Chris Cloer and junior Vahid Mirzadeh won the tiebreaker over Duke’s Torsten Wietoska and David Holland 9-8(8).
“Chris and Vahid were down match point and then they went down 4-2 in the tiebreaker,” Hultquist said. “We played well and we won a lot of the big points to pull out the victory.”
Florida State jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two quick singles victories. Mirzadeh was the first Seminole off the court with his 6-3, 7-5 victory against Jared Pinsky. No. 79 Sykut was next with a 7-6, 6-2 win over Arnould. No. 29 Bowles clinched the match for the Garnet and Gold with a dramatic 7-6(9), 7-6(11) victory against No. 45 Dimitrov. Seconds later No. 30 Aubone pulled out a three-set victory over No. 25 Carleton. After splitting the first two sets, Aubone was down 4-2 in the third before coming back to take the match 6-3, 1-6, 7-5.
“We’ve been practicing situations where we had to come from behind and I think that helped us today,” Hultquist said. “It was a good day, but we can’t get too high because we know we’ll have a tough match tomorrow
Florida State will play the winner of No. 21 Oklahoma State and No. 44 Penn State on Sunday. If the Cowboys win the match will be played at 9:00 a.m., if the Nittany Lions are victorious the match will be played at 2:00 p.m. For live results and a match recap log onto www.seminoles.com.
No. 1: #30 Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) def. #25 Reid Carleton (DU) 6-3, 1-6, 7-5
No. 2: #29 Clint Bowles (FSU) def. #45 Kiril Dimitrov (DU) 7-6(9), 7-6(11)
No. 3: #79 Maciek Sykut (FSU) def. Dylan Arnould (DU) 7-6, 6-2
No. 4: Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) def. Jared Pinsky (DU) 6-3, 7-5
No. 5: Chris Cloer (FSU) vs. Torsten Wietoska (DU) DNF
No. 6: Drew Bailey (FSU) vs. David Holland (DU) DNF
Order of finish: 4, 3, 2*, 1
No. 1: #23 Aubone/Bowles (FSU) def. #38 Dimitrov/Alain Michel (DU) 8-3
No. 2: Carleton/Arnould (DU) def. #47 Bailey/Sykut (FSU) 8-5
No. 3: Cloer/Mirzadeh (FSU) def. Wietoska/Holland (DU) 9-8(8)
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3*