March 23, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. –
The 29th-ranked Florida State men’s tennis team captured their second ACC victory this week on Friday afternoon as they shut out Boston College 7-0 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Only two hours and fifteen minutes after the first serve, Florida State improved their season record to 11-5 and 3-2 in the ACC after consecutively winning three doubles and six singles matches. The Eagles drop to 4-11 for the season and 0-4 in the ACC.
Florida State took quick control of doubles play beginning in position number two as senior Ytai Abougzir (Boca Raton, Fla.) and sophomore Maciek Sykut (Marathon, Fla.) defeated BC’s Sam Wagner and Brian Garber 8-2 while junior Sam Chang (Young-Ming, Taiwan) and senior Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) clinched the Florida State doubles point with a 8-2 decision over Boston College’s Soma Kesthley and Alex Rastorgouev. Court three rounded up the Seminoles’ doubles sweep as sophomore duo Ryan Boyajian (Weston, Fla.) and Andrew Bailey (Tallahassee, Fla.) downed the Eagles’ Thomas Nolan and Geoff Mueller 8-2.
The Seminoles continued domination in singles competition as freshman Bradley Mixson (Miami, Fla.) defeated BC’s Geoff Mueller on court six 6-2, 6-0 immediately followed by #119 Aubone on center court with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Soma Kesthley of Boston College. In position three, Sykut clinched the Florida State match victory after downing BC’s Rastorgouev 6-1, 6-1 while Chang won on court four over the Eagles’ Dennis Reardon 6-1, 6-2. In position number five sophomore Chris Cloer (Brevard, NC) defeated Boston College’s Brian Garber 6-0, 6-3 while #82 Abougzir finished the day with a 6-3, 6-2 defeat over BC’s Thomas Nolan on court number two.
“We’ve come back from spring break and won three matches in a row and you’ve got to feel like your playing your best tennis toward the end of the season,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “I look at our last six matches and all the teams are in the top 35 and I think five of them are in the top 21. So this next stretch we’re playing the top teams in the country and the top teams in the ACC so I’m looking for to next weekend to be a huge weekend for us.”
No. 29 Florida State men’s tennis (11-5, 3-2 ACC) hit the road next weekend to take on ACC rivals No. 17 Duke (7-5, 0-0 ACC) on Friday, March 30 and No. 14 North Carolina (13-0, 1-0 ACC) Sunday, April 1. The Seminoles return to the Scott Speicher Tennis Center in two weeks to take on Virginia Friday, April 6 and Virginia Tech on Sunday, April 8.
“I think we are (a top competitors in the ACC),” coach Hultquist said. “I think one of the problems is we’re 3-2 and at this point I would like to be 4-1 or 5-0. So I think losing those two 4-3 matches means we need help now in the ACC to get back in there. I think we’re one of many teams that are very good, so we’re going to try and win Friday and after we win on Friday try and win Sunday.”
#29 Florida State 7, Boston College 0
1. Chang/Sucupira (FSU) def. Kesthley/Rastorgouev (BC) 8-2
2. Abougzir/Sykut (FSU) def. Wagner/Garber (BC) 8-2
3. Bailey/Boyajian (FSU) def. Nolan/Mueller (BC) 8-2
Order of Finish: 2, 1*, 3
*- Clinched Win.
1. #119 Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) def. Soma Kesthley (BC) 6-2, 6-0
2. #82 Ytai Abougzir (FSU) def. Thomas Nolan (BC) 6-3, 6-2
3. Maciek Sykut (FSU) def. Alex Rastorgouev (BC) 6-1, 6-1
4. Sam Chang (FSU) def. Dennis Reardon (BC) 6-1, 6-2
5. Chris Cloer (FSU) def. Brian Garber (BC) 6-0, 6-3
6. Bradley Mixson (FSU) def. Geoff Muller (BC) 6-2, 6-0
Order of Finish: 6, 1, 3*, 4, 5, 2