Feb. 8, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 17 Florida State men’s tennis team won the doubles point and the first three singles matches of the day to defeat South Alabama 5-2 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
“This was a tough week because the weather was cold and we didn’t get to practice as much as we’d like,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “I know that South Alabama is always dangerous so I’m pleased to get the win.”
In doubles the Seminoles (6-2) split the first two matches with the Jaguars (1-4). On court one the 23rd-ranked duo of junior Jean-Yves Aubone and sophomore Clint Bowles defeated Marek Sramek and Romain Bocaert 8-5 on court one. On court two 47th-ranked seniors Drew Bailey and Maciek Sykut were upset 8-3 by Sergio Ramirez and Leo Dominguez. The match came down to court three where junior Vahid Mirzadeh and freshman Chris Reiman won the last five games of the match to defeat Hanno Bartsch and Dauw Kruger 8-5.
“Chris did a great job today considering he didn’t even know he was going to play,” Hultquist said. “Chris Cloer got sick and he stepped in there and played with a lot of energy.”
The Garnet and Gold clinched the match in easy fashion with three quick victories. On court five Bailey got his first singles victory of the spring with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Aaron Krisan. On court two, No. 28 Bowles cruised to a straight sets win over Sramek 6-1, 6-2. After dropping the first game of the match Bowles won 10 straight games to take control of the match. Mirzadeh clinched the match for Florida State on court four with a victory against Dominguez 6-4, 6-2.
“I was really proud of Drew winning quickly as well with some other guys,” Hultquist said. “Clint really took it to his guy who is a really good player and I feel like Vahid played the best of the season.”
The biggest upset of the day came on court one where Ramirez upset No. 30 Aubone in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. South Alabama got its second point on court three when Bocaert upset No. 79 Sykut 7-6(2), 2-6, 1-0(9). In the last match on court six Reiman defeated Bartsch in three sets 6-1, 2-6 7-6(4) to close out the day.
Next up for the Seminoles are the finals of the ITA National Indoor Team Championships in Chicago, Ill. FSU’s opponent will be announced on Monday, February 9, and play begins Thursday, February 13. For live stats and match recaps from the tournament log onto www.seminoles.com.
No. 1: Sergio Ramirez (USA) def. #30 Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) 6-4, 6-3
No. 2: #29 Clint Bowles (FSU) def. Marek Sramek (USA) 6-1, 6-2
No. 3: Romain Bocaert (USA) def. #79 Maciek Sykut (FSU) 7-6(2), 2-6, 1-0(9)
No. 4: Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) def. Leo Dominguez (USA) 6-4, 6-2
No. 5: Drew Bailey (FSU) def. Aaron Krisan (USA) 6-3, 6-2
No. 6: Chris Reiman (FSU) def. Hanno Bartsch (USA) 6-1, 2-6, 7-6(4)
Order of finish: 5, 2, 4*, 1, 3, 6
No. 1: #23 Aubone/Bowles (FSU) def. Sramek/Bocaert (USA) 8-5
No. 2: Ramirez/Dominguez (USA) def. #47 Bailey/Sykut (FSU) 8-3
No. 3: Mirzadeh/Reiman (FSU) def. Bartsch/Dauw Kruger (USA) 8-5
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3*