May 11, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. –
Florida State men’s tennis team opened their 2007 NCAA Championships today with a quick win over Manhattan 4-0. The Seminoles clinched the doubles victory due to a swift win on court three and an injury from Manhattan’s Peter Czink on court number two. Florida State later continued dominating on home turf as they won three straight singles matches to advance the team to round two of the NCAA Regionals. The second match of the day features No. 19 Florida versus No. 46 Georgia Tech where the winning will take on Florida State on Saturday, May 12 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
“When we finished the match I looked at the time, it took us two hours,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “I think that’s good for us because we haven’t played for about three weeks since the ACC seminfinals. The quick match will keep us healthy for tomorrow’s match.
In doubles competition, Florida State was quick to take charge on court number three as freshman Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) and sophomore Maciek Sykut (Marathon, Fla.) downed Manhattan’s Bogdan Borta and Mihai Nichifor 8-1. Senior and co-captain Ytai Abougzir (Boca Raton, Fla.) and freshman Bradley Mixson (Miami, Fla.) next clinched the doubles point after Manhattan’s Peter Czink and Zoltan Bus defaulted on court two due to injury. Florida State’s senior and co-captain Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and junior Sam Chang (Young-Ming, Taiwan) ended their match unfinished with the Jaspers’ David Alvarado and Diego Alvarado at 6-3 on center court.
“It was unfortunate for the Manhattan player (Czink), their doubles team was pretty good on court two,” Hultquist said. “The racquet slipped out of his hand and bounced up and busted open his chin. He would have definitely added to their singles lineup.”
Florida State continued the victories in singles play as Sucupira dominated on court three with a bagel-bagel win over the Jaspers’ Diego Alvarado 6-0, 6-0. Sykut was next to take charge in position five as he defeated Manhattan’s David Alvarado 6-1, 6-0 while Chang clinched the match for the Seminoles winning two straight sets over Zoltan Bus of Manhattan 6-2, 6-2.
“I thought Jon was pretty sharp with a 6-0, 6-0 win,” Hultquist said. “He was definitely running around hard and finishing points. I thought Jean-Yves did a pretty good job too coming back from an injury and was only a couple games away from winning his match.”
Florida State men’s tennis team (17-9, 8-6 ACC) now patiently awaits the results of the second Round One match with No. 19 Florida versus No. 46 Manhattan at 1:00 p.m today. Florida State will play the winner of match number two on Saturday, May 12 at 1:00 p.m. again at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
No. 16 FLORIDA STATE 4, MANHATTAN 0
1. #20 Sucupira/Chang (FSU) vs. Borta/Nichifor (MC) 6-3 DNF
2. Abougzir/Mixson (FSU) def. Czink/Bus (MC) 4-5 (MC def.)
3. Sykut/Aubone (FSU) def. Alvarado/Alvarado (MC) 8-1
Order of Finish: 3, 2 (default)*
1. #78 Ytai Abougzir (FSU) vs. Bogdan Borta (MC) 6-3, 0-1 DNF
2. #123 Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) vs. Mihai Nichifor (MC) 6-2, 5-0 DNF
3. Jonathas Sucupira (FSU) def. Diego Alvarado (MC) 6-0, 6-0
4. Sam Chang (FSU) def. Zoltan Bus (MC) 6-2, 6-2
5. Maciek Sykut (FSU) def. David Alvarado (MC) 6-1, 6-0
6. Chris Cloer (FSU) vs. Filip Szymik (MC) 6-2, 5-2 DNF
Order of Finish: 3, 5, 4*