April 11, 2008 - by
No. 12 Florida State Men’s Tennis Dominates No. 58 Maryland 5-2 To Clinch Top Three Finish In ACC

April 11, 2008

College Park, Md. The No. 12 ranked Florida State men’s tennis team defeated No. 58 Maryland 5-2  on Friday afternoon to clinch no worse than third-place in the ACC. 


“I thought Maryland played a great match today,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said.  “It was good for us to come back after facing some early adversity.” 


For one of the few times this season the Seminoles lost the doubles point to the Terrapins.  All three matches went down to the wire beginning with the contest on court two where FSU’s senior Sam Chang and junior Maciek Sykut defeated Michael Coleman and Nickolai Nielsen of Maryland 8-6.  The win gave Chang his 150th career victory as a Seminole.  Maryland came back on court one as the number eight ranked duo in the country Andrew Orban and Boris Fetbroyt defeated the Seminoles No. 16 ranked pair of sophomore Jean-Yves Aubone and freshman Clint Bowles in a tiebreaker 9-8(6).  The Terps were able to finish of the Seminoles on court three where David Kwon and Amit Inbar outlasted junior Drew Bailey and sophomore Brad Mixson 9-7.


“They took doubles from us in dramatic fashion,” Hultquist said.  “We had several match points to win the doubles, but they were able to take the point from us.”


Down 1-0 the Garnet and Gold needed a good start to singles and got it from the top of their lineup.  No. 65 Bowles dominated Kwon at the No. 2 position 6-1, 6-0 to tie the match at one.  No. 71 Chang then used the momentum from his doubles victory to take out Orban on court three.  Orban had to retire from the match four games into the third set to give Chang victory 151, 6-0, 4-6, 4-0.


“That puts him in unique company,” Hultquist said of Chang.  “He played very good and showed good leadership today to beat a good player.”


With a 2-1 No. 29-ranked Aubone put Florida State one win away from victory when he defeated No. 79 Inbar in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.  Maryland narrowed the gap to 3-2 on court five when Nielsen beat Mixson in three sets 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.  The Garnet and Gold were able to clinch the match on court four as Sykut won a tough first set tiebreak against Fetbroyt 7-6(5) and then cruised to a 6-1 second set victory giving FSU the win.  The Seminoles finished off Maryland on court six with junior Chris Cloer earning a three set victory over Coleman 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.


Florida State will have a quick turnaround as the team will be back on the courts Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m. against Boston College.  The match has been moved indoors because of the threat of inclement weather.

“It’s a quick turnaround and we’ll be playing indoors,” Hultquist said.  “It will be important for us to stay focused because Boston College is playing much better tennis.”


For match results visit www.seminoles.com



#12 Florida State 5, #58 Maryland 2
1. #29 Jean-Yves Aubone (FLAST) def. #79 Amit Inbar (MD) 6-4, 6-4
2. #65 Clint Bowles (FLAST) def. David Kwon (MD) 6-1, 6-0
3. #71 Sam Chang (FLAST) def. Andrew Orban (MD) 6-0, 4-6, 4-0
4. Maciek Sykut (FLAST) def. Boris Fetbroyt (MD) 7-6 (7-5), 6-1
5. Nickolai Nielsen (MD) def. Brad Mixson (FLAST) 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
6. Chris Cloer (FLAST) def. Michael Coleman (MD) 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
1. #8 Andrew Orban/Boris Fetbroyt (MD) def. #16 Jean-Yves Aubone/Clint Bowles (FLAST) 9-8 (8-6)
2. Sam Chang/Maciek Sykut (FLAST) def. Michael Coleman/Nickolai Nielsen (MD) 8-6
3. David Kwon/Amit Inbar (MD) def. Brad Mixson/Andrew Bailey (FLAST) 9-7

Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3*); Singles (2,3,1,5,4*,6)

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