March 20, 2009
DURHAM, N.C. – The No. 14 Florida State men’s tennis team won four three set matches to win the first road victory against No. 27 Duke in school history. FSU moves to 4-0 in the ACC and has now won five consecutive road matches.
“It was a battle and a great win for us,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “To win four matches in three sets was great. The guys came back like champions and really fought hard against a tough crowd.”
The Seminoles (14-5, 4-0) dominated on the doubles court to open up a 1-0 lead. Seniors Drew Bailey and Maciek Sykut were off the court first with an 8-5 win against Dylan Arnould and Reid Carleton on court two. After going down 2-0 on court one, the 39th-ranked duo of juniors Jean-Yves Aubone and Vahid Mirzadeh won eight out of the last 10 games to cruise to a 8-4 victory against Duke’s Kiril Dimitrov and Alain Michel. On court three, sophomore Clint Bowles and freshman Chris Reiman could not overcome a slow start and were defeated 8-6 by David Holland and Jared Pinsky.
“I thought that Drew and Maciek did a great job a led almost the whole match,” Hultquist said. “Jean-Yves and Vahid were down early, but they came back to control the match and were very aggressive.”
The Blue Devils tied the score at one to open singles as Luke Marchese defeated Bailey in straight sets on court six 6-4, 6-4. Senior Chris Cloer was able to give the Garnet and Gold a 2-1 lead on court five with a three-set victory over Michel 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Duke tied the match once again on court two where No. 58 Dimitrov avenged a loss to No. 57 Bowles earlier this season with a 6-3, 7-6 victory.
With the match knotted at two, the Seminoles hit their stride in the last three matches. Mirzadeh won his second consecutive three-set match defeating Pinsky on court four. The Wellington, Fla., native dropped the first set 6-3, but rallied to win the final two sets 6-4, 6-1. The match was clinched on court three where Sykut rallied from a set down to defeat Arnould 6-7, 6-3, 6-1. FSU earned its fifth point on court one when No. 20 Aubone defeated No. 28 Carleton for the third time this season 6-7, 7-5, 6-1.
“We lost five first sets and faced a hostile crowd, but we really fought hard,” Hultquist said. “I think that is the mark of this team. We’ve had some adversity and we have been able to come through.”
Florida State will conclude its five-match road trip on Sunday in Chapel Hill, N.C., against No. 34 North Carolina. For live scoring and a match recap log onto www.seminoles.com.
No. 1: #20 Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) def. #28 Reid Carleton (DU) 6-7, 7-5, 6-1
No. 2: #58 Kiril Dimitrov (DU) def. #57 Clint Bowles (FSU) 6-3, 7-6
No. 3: Maciek Sykut (FSU) def. Dylan Arnould (DU) 6-7, 6-3, 6-1
No. 4: Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) def. Jared Pinsky (DU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
No. 5: Chris Cloer (FSU) def. Alain Michel (DU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
No. 6: Luke Marchese (DU) def. Drew Bailey (FSU) 6-4, 6-4
Order of finish: 6, 5, 2, 4, 3*, 1
No. 1: #39 Aubone/Mirzadeh (FSU) def. Dimitrov/Michel (DU) 8-4
No. 2: Bailey/Sykut (FSU) def. Arnould/Carleton (DU) 8-5
No. 3: David Holland/Pinsky (DU) def. Bowles/Chris Reiman (FSU) 8-6
Order of finish: 2, 1*, 3