March 7, 2009
CLEMSON, S.C- The No. 15-ranked Florida State men’s tennis team began its five-match road trip with an emphatic 6-1 victory against No. 68 Clemson on Saturday afternoon. FSU moved to 2-0 in the ACC and earned its second road win of the season.
“I thought we were in control of a lot of matches,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “There were a few close matches and I was pleased on how we were able to close those matches out.”
The Seminoles (11-5, 2-0) got things rolling in doubles on court one where juniors Jean-Yves Aubone and Vahid Mirzadeh defeated Clemson’s (6-6, 0-3) Carlos Alvarez and Rok Bizjak 8-3. The duo is now 5-0 on the season in dual match play. Moments later, FSU clinched the doubles point on court two where seniors Drew Bailey and Maciek Sykut beat Gera Boryachinskiy and Wesley Moran 8-4. On court three, sophomore Clint Bowles and freshman Chris Reiman defeated Robert Pietrucha and Kevin Galloway in a tiebreaker 8-7 to finish the doubles sweep.
“I think our doubles play is good,” Hultquist said. “Jean-Yves and Vahid are awfully tough to beat and our other teams are playing well too. We take pride in the doubles and I’m proud of how we have been playing of late.”
The Garnet and Gold kept the pressure on in singles taking a 2-0 lead after senior Chris Cloer defeated Galloway in straight sets on court five 6-3, 6-4. Mirzadeh made the lead 3-0 with a 6-1, 7-5 victory on court four over Kevin Fleck.
“I felt like both Chris and Vahid were in control the whole way,” Hultquist said. “Both of their second sets were a lot closer, but they were able to finish strong and get those wins.”
The Tigers cut the lead to 3-1 on court six where Ike Belk defeated Reiman in straight sets 7-5, 6-2. Florida State clinched the match on court three where Sykut defeated Bizjak 6-4, 6-4. After winning the first set, Sykut found himself down on 4-1 in the second. The Marathon, Fla., native then rolled off five straight games to get the victory.
“Maciek was down and him coming back to clinch was big,” Hultquist said. “His match was probably the most important for us.”
In the final two matches of the day No. 28 Aubone defeated Alvarez 7-6(X), 6-3 on court one and No. 44 Bowles dropped the first set to Boryachinskiy 6-4 before coming back to win the last two 7-5, 6-3.
Next up for the Seminoles is a trip to Atlanta, Ga., on Monday to take on No. 58 Georgia Tech at 2:30 p.m. For scores and a match recap log onto www.seminoles.com.
1. Jean-Yves Aubone/Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) d. Carlos Alvarez/Rok Bizjak (CU) 8-3
2. Maciek Sykut/Andrew Bailey (FSU) d. Gera Boryachinskiy/Wes Moran (CU) 8-4
3. Clint Bowles/Chris Reiman (FSU) d. Robert Pietruca/Kevin Galloway (CU) 8-7
Order of finish: (1, 2*, 3)
1. Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) d. Carlos Alvarez (CU) 7-6, 6-3
2. Clint Bowles (FSU) d. Gera Boryachinskiy (CU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
3. Maciek Sykut (FSU) d. Rok Bizjak (CU) 6-3, 6-4
4. Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) d. Kevin Fleck (CU) 6-1, 7-5
5. Chris Cloer (FSU) d. Kevin Galloway (CU) 6-3, 6-4
6. Ike Belk (CU) d. Chris Reiman (FSU) 7-5, 6-2
Order of Finish: (5, 4, 6, 3*, 1, 2)