Feb. 15, 2009
CHICAGO, Ill. – The No. 16-ranked Florida State men’s tennis team finished the ITA National Team Indoor Championships with a 4-3 victory against No. 18 Michigan on Sunday.
“It was a good win today,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said.” “We obviously still have some work to do, but we did win a match and we now have to work on getting solid performances from everybody in our lineup on a regular basis.”
For the first time in the tournament the Seminoles jumped out to a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. Seniors Drew Bailey and Maciek Sykut defeated Andrew Mazlin and George Navas on court two 8-2 to begin the day. The point was clinched on court three where junior Vahid Mirzadeh and freshman Chris Reiman were victorious against Drew Daniel and Chris Madden.
“I was very impressed how well Chris Reiman played in the doubles,” Hultquist said. “He and Vahid played really well together and came through to clinch the match for us.”
The Garnet and Gold took a quick 2-0 when singles began with No. 79 Sykut taking care of Srocynski on court three 6-3, 6-4. The Wolverines cut the lead to 2-1 on court two where Mazlin upset No. 29 Bowles 6-2, 6-3. Florida State took the next point on court four when Mirzadeh upended Madden 6-4, 6-1 making the score 3-1. However, Michigan too the next two matches to tie the score at three. On court five Daniel defeated senior Chris Cloer 6-1, 6-4 and on court six Navas beat Bailey 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.
“I thougt that Maciek had a great weekend,” Hultquist said. “He was probably our MVP during the tournament. Vahid also played very well winning one match and being ahead in his other two when those matches were stopped.”
The match came down to court one between No. 30 Aubone and the Wolverine’s Jung. Aubone took the first set in a tiebreaker 7-6(4), but dropped the second set on a late break 6-4. Up 4-3 in the third set, the All-American won the last two games to give Florida State the victory.
“I thought Jean-Yves played great under pressure with everything riding on his match,” Hultquist said. “The level of play in the third set was very good from both players and Jean-Yves just made a few more shots.”
The Seminoles will begin a four-match home stand on Friday, February, 20 against Furman at 2:00 p.m. Admission is free for all fans at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. For live stats and a match recap log onto www.seminoles.com.
No. 1: #30 Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) def. Jason Jung (UM) 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-3
No. 2: Andrew Mazlin (UM) def. #29 Clint Bowles (FSU) 6-2, 6-3
No. 3: #79 Maciek Sykut (FSU) def. Mike Srocynski (UM) 6-3, 6-4
No. 4: Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) def. Chris Madden (UM) 6-4, 6-1
No. 5: Drew Daniel (UM) def. Chris Cloer (FSU) 6-1, 6-4
No. 6: George Navas (UM) def. Drew Bailey (FSU) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
Order of finish: 3, 2, 4, 5, 6, 1*
No. 1: #23 Aubone/Bowles (FSU) vs. Jung/Srocynski (UM) DNF 7-6
No. 2: #47 Bailey/Sykut (FSU) def. Mazlin/Navas (UM) 8-2
No. 3: Mirzadeh/Chris Reiman (FSU) def. Daniel/Madden (UM) 8-5
Order of finish: 2, 3*