March 18, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla.- Just hours after achieving the highest ranking in program history the No. 7 ranked Florida State men’s tennis team dominated the No. 61-ranked Clemson Tigers 7-0 Tuesday evening at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
“Last year we were right there, but we just weren’t getting over the hump,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “I thought they did a great job of having that killer instinct and finishing matches off.”
“We’re very confident and excited about where we are,” FSU player Brad Mixson said. “We know our toughest matches are still to come and we didn’t take Clemson lightly and we took care of them.”
The Seminoles (12-2, 3-0) began the match by dominating the doubles sweeping all three matches. The No. 3 team of junior Drew Bailey and sophomore Brad Mixson got off the court first defeating Clemson’s (10-11, 0-3) Gesa Boryachinskiy and Kevin Galloway 8-1. Senior Sam Chang and junior Maciek Sykut clinched the doubles point with their 8-3 victory over the Tigers Carlos Alvarez and Kevin Fleck and the No. 2 position. FSU finished the sweep when the 27th ranked duo in the nation sophomore Jean-Yves Aubone and freshman Clint Bowles defeated Derek DiFazio and Ike Belk 8-5 in No. 1 doubles.
In singles Mixson got the ball rolling on court No. 5 defeating DiFazio in straight sets 6-1, 6-4. The Miami, Fla. native has made a habit of being the first Seminole off the court, especially at home.
“I try to take care of business as quick as possible,” said Mixson. “We always stress that at least one or two of our guys take care of business pretty quickly.”
The 40th ranked player in the country Aubone was next to finish off his opponent winning the first eight games against Fleck and cruising to a 6-0, 6-2 win on court No. 2. In his first ACC match of his career, red-shirt freshman Bobby Deye defeated Galloway 6-1, 6-2 to clinch the match for Florida State on court No. 6.
“Bobby [Deye] played really well today,” Hultquist said. “I thought he was very hungry and very consistent. He controlled points and played with good energy, he’s very capable of jumping in there and playing.”
Senior Sam Chang lost the first game of his match against Boryachinskiy and then rattled off 12 straight games to dominate court No. 3 6-1, 6-0. Fresh off his second ACC Performer of the Week award, the 58th ranked Bowles out-worked Alvarez at the No. 1 position winning in straight sets 6-3, 6-2. Finishing off the match, Sykut won a first set tiebreaker against Belk and then cruised in the second set to win on court No. 4 7-6(4), 6-3.
Up next for the Seminoles is a Friday night showdown with 13th ranked North Carolina at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The match begins at 5:00 p.m. and admission is free for everyone. For match results visit www.seminoles.com.
#7 Florida State 7 #61 Clemson 0
No. 1: #58 Clint Bowles (FSU) d. Carlos Alvarez (CU) 6-3, 6-2
No. 2: #40 Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) d. Kevin Fleck (CU) 6-0, 6-2
No. 3: Sam Chang (FSU) d. Gesa Boryachinskiy (CU) 6-1, 6-0
No. 4: Maciek Sykut (FSU) d. Ike Belk (CU) 7-6(4), 6-3
No. 5:.Brad Mixson (FSU) d. Derek DiFazio (CU) 6-0, 6-4
No. 6: Bobby Deye (FSU) d. Kevin Galloway (CU) 6-1, 6-2
Order of finish: 5, 2, 6, 4, 1, 4
No. 1: #27 Aubone/Bowles (FSU) d. DiFazio/Belk (CU) 8-5
No. 2: Chang/Sykut (FSU) d. Alvarez/Fleck (CU) 8-3
No. 3: Mixson/ Drew Bailey (FSU) d. Boryachinskiy/Galloway (CU) 8-1
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1