April 26, 2008 - by
No. 13 Florida State Men’s Tennis Lose Tight 4-3 Decision To No. 31 Notre Dame

April 26, 2008

Tallahassee, Fla.  No. 13 Florida State men’s tennis’ bid to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament took a significant hit on Saturday when the Seminoles lost to No. 31 Notre Dame 4-3.  The Seminoles (19-6, 10-3) played without top player Jean-Yves Aubone who came down with an illness. 

“I think that Notre Dame out-competed us and fought harder,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said.  “We had a little bit of adversity, but their guys up and down the lineup did better than we did.”

The Seminoles dropped two out of three doubles’ matches to fall into an early 1-0 hole to the Fighting Irish (16-10, 4-0).  On court two the team of Santiago Montoya and Andrew Roth defeated junior Drew Bailey and sophomore Brad Mixson 9-7.  The Irish clinched the point on court one when senior Sam Chang and junior Maciek Sykut were defeated by Brett Helgeson and Sheeva Parbhu of Notre Dame 8-6.  On court three freshman Clint Bowles teamed with junior Chris Cloer for the first time this season to defeated Stephan Havens and Tyler Davis 9-8(5).

“We were up breaks early on courts one and three,” Hultquist said.  “I think getting the doubles point would have changed the match around a little bit.”

Cloer gave FSU some early momentum on court five, dominating David Anderson 6-0, 6-1 to knot the match at one.  However, Notre Dame came right back after a two hour rain delay to take a 2-1 lead on court four where Havens defeated Mixson in straight sets 7-5, 6-2.  Notre Dame went up 3-1 on court one when the 45th-ranked Helgeson defeated 73rd-ranked Bowles 6-1, 7-6(5).

Florida State bounced back to win the next two matches.  On court three Sykut beat Roth in straight sets 7-6(6), 6-2 and on court two 90th-ranked Sam Chang won his last home match of his career defeated 100th-ranked Parbhu 6-4, 7-6(3). 

“I was proud of the way we came back after the rain delay and competed,” Hultquist said.  “It was just a little bit too late.”

That left Bailey on court six for the deciding match as he went to three sets with the Fighting Irish’s Daniel Stahl.  The competitors split the first two sets 6-2, 3-6 and Stahl was able to win the third set easily 6-1 to clinch the match for Notre Dame.  The Fighting Irish have now beaten the Seminoles five consecutive times.

Before singles play FSU honored seniors Chang and Jason Hood for their years of commitment to the team.

Next up for Florida State will be the NCAA Tournament.  The field of 64 will be announced on Tuesday, April 29.  To find out where and who the Seminoles will be playing log on to www.seminoles.com.

#13 Florida State 3  #31 Notre Dame 4



Box Score


No. 1: #45 Brett Helgeson (ND) d. #73 Clint Bowles (FSU) 6-1, 7-6(5)

No. 2: #90 Sam Chang (FSU) d. #100 Sheeva Parbhu (ND) 6-4, 7-6(3)

No. 3: Maciek Sykut (FSU) Andrew Roth (ND) 7-6(6), 6-2

No. 4: Stephen Havens (ND) d. Brad Mixson (FSU) 7-5, 6-2

No. 5: Chris Cloer (FSU) d. David Anderson (ND) 6-0, 6-1

No. 6: Daniel Stahl (ND) d. Drew Bailey (FSU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-1

Order of finish: 5, 4, 1, 3, 2, 6



No. 1: Helgeson/Parbhu (ND) d. Chang Sykut (FSU) 8-6

No. 2: Roth/Montoya (ND) d. Drew Bailey/Mixson (FSU) 9-7

No. 3: Bowles/Cloer (FSU) d. Havens/Tyler Davis (ND) 9-8(5)

Order of finish: 2, 1, 3



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