April 6, 2008 - by
No. 9 Florida State Men’s Tennis Defeats Wolfpack 5-2

April 6, 2008

Tallahassee, Fla. The No.9 ranked Florida State men’s tennis team defeated No. 44 North Carolina St. 5-2 Sunday afternoon at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.  The win puts the Seminoles one victory away from clinching a first round bye in the 2008 ACC Tournament.


“I think having a bye is really important when you play multiple days,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said.  “I think we are one of the best three teams and it is an advantage when you don’t have to play that first day.”


The Seminoles (16-4, 7-2) took the momentum from the Wolfpack (11-11, 4-5) early by winning a hard fought doubles match.  FSU lost the first doubles match on court two when senior Sam Chang and junior Maciek Sykut lost to James Mcgee and Christian Welte 8-2.  The Garnet and Gold stormed right back on court three as junior Drew Bailey and sophomore Brad Mixson defeated N.C. State‘s David Chermack and Derek Stephens 8-3.  That left the 16th-ranked duo in the country sophomore Jean-Yves Aubone and freshman Clint Bowles on court one against No. 9-ranked Nick Cavaday and Jay Weinacker of North Carolina St.  The teams would fight to a deciding tiebreaker where the Seminole tandem of Aubone and Bowles won the last three points of the tiebreak to come out victorious 9-8(5).


“We’ve won a lot of matches in doubles with a tiebreak,” Hultquist said.  “We work on doubles a lot and I think you’re seeing that coming through.  I think that was a big momentum boost.”


In singles, the Seminoles won three quick points in the span of five minutes.  The first match off the court was on court No. 5 where Mixson defeated Stephens in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.  FSU took a 3-0 lead after No. 29 Aubone defeated No. 63 McGee 6-3, 6-2.  The match clinching point came on court six as junior Chris Cloer beat Chermack 6-1, 7-6(5) to give FSU a 4-0 lead and victory.


“The match could have gone on a lot longer if Chris [Cloer] didn’t clinch the match in that second set tiebreaker,” Hultquist said.  “If he loses that, the match would have dragged on and the outcome would have been in doubt so it was big for him to close it out.”


On court three, No. 71 Chang saw his eight match winning streak come to an end against Weinacker as the senior lost in straight sets 6-2, 7-6(3).  On court two, No. 65 Bowles lost in three sets to Cavaday 6-7(1), 6-2, 10-6.  Florida State won its fifth and final point on court four when Sykut outlasted Welte in three sets 7-6(3), 4-6, 11-9.


The Seminoles will finish the ACC regular season on road as FSU travels to Maryland on Friday, April 11 and Boston College on Saturday, April 12.  For match results visit www.seminoles.com.


Final Score:

#9 Florida State 5  #44 North Carolina St. 2



Box Score


No. 1: #29 Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) d. #64 James Mcgee (NCST) 6-3, 6-2

No. 2: Nick Cavaday (NCST) d. #65 Clint Bowles (FSU) 6-7(1), 6-2, 10-6

No. 3: Jay Weinacker (NCST)  d. #71 Sam Chang (FSU) 6-2, 7-6(3)

No. 4: Maciek Sykut (FSU) d. Derek Stephens (NCST) 7-6(3), 4-6, 11-9

No. 5: Brad Mixson (FSU) d. Christian Welte (NCST) 6-2, 6-4

No. 6: Chris Cloer (FSU) d. David Chermack (NCST) 6-1, 7-6(5)

Order of finish: 5, 1, 6, 3, 2, 4



No. 1: #16 Aubone/Bowles (FSU) 8-5 d. #9 Cavaday/Weinacker (NCST) 9-8(5)

No. 2: Mcgee/Welte (NCST) d. Chang/Sykut (FSU) 8-2

No. 3: Mixson/ Drew Bailey (FSU) d. Chermack/Stephens (NCST) 8-3

Order of finish: 2, 3, 1




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