April 17, 2009
CARY, N.C.- The No. 16-ranked Florida State men’s tennis team followed the lead of its seniors to defeat No. 27 Duke 4-1 in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament in Cary, N.C.
“At the end of the year we talk about coming out strong and we did that today,” Drew Bailey said. “I think that everyone stepped up and it was a team effort singles and doubles.”
“We know how good Duke is, they have a lot of good players,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “
FSU started strong by taking the doubles point. On court one the No. 20-ranked doubles team of juniors Jean-Yves Aubone and Vahid Mirzadeh were off the court first defeating Kiril Dimitrov and Alain Michel 8-5. The Blue Devil duo of Reid Carleton and Jared Pinsky came back on court three to defeat senior Chris Cloer and sophomore Clint Bowles 8-4. The Garnet and Gold clinched the point on court two when seniors Drew Bailey and Maciek Sykut were victorious against Dylan Arnould and David Holland 8-6.
“I thought that No. 2 doubles would be the key,” Hultquist said. “Duke had a new team at that position and we were able to get up two breaks early and serve out the match at 7-6.”
The Seminoles took a 2-0 lead on court six where Cloer defeated Luke Marchese in straight sets 6-3, 6-1. Duke narrowed the gap to 2-1 when Dimitrov defeated No. 51-ranked Bowles 6-3, 6-3.
“I thought we started really strong winning five first sets in singles,” Hultquist said. “We put ourselves in position to win by doing that.”
Sykut earned his 91st singles win in his career on court three defeating Arnould for the third time this season with a 6-3, 6-4 straight sets victory. Bailey clinched the point on court five with a 6-2, 7-6(2) win over Michel. The Tallahassee, Fla., native was down 5-4 in the third set before coming back to send the set into a tiebreaker. After losing the first point, Bailey won seven out of eight to clinch the match.
“Drew has really come on the last part of the season,” Hultquist said. “All three of our seniors have ambition for this tournament and NCAA’s and they are not satisfied with just winning a couple of matches.”
“I wasn’t thinking about the score that much,” Bailey said. “Then I went after it in the tiebreaker and was able to come out with a win.”
Next up for the Seminoles is a semifinal match against No. 1 Virginia at 10:00 a.m. The Seminoles lost to the Cavaliers 4-3 earlier in the year at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. For results, photos and a match recap visit www.seminoles.com.
No. 1: #16 Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) vs. Reid Carleton (Duke) DNF 6-2, 5-5
No. 2: Kiril Dimitrov (Duke) def. #51 Clint Bowles (FSU) 6-3, 6-3
No. 3: Maciek Sykut (FSU) def. Dylan Arnould (Duke) 6-3, 6-4
No. 4: Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) vs. Jared Pinsky (Duke) 6-2, 4-5
No. 5: Drew Bailey (FSU) def. Alain Michel (Duke) 6-2, 7-6(2)
No. 6: Chris Cloer (FSU) def. Luke Marchese (Duke) 6-3, 6-1
Order of finish: 6, 2, 3, 5*
No. 1: #20 Aubone/Mirzadeh (FSU) def. Dimitrov/Michel (Duke) 8-5
No. 2: Bailey/Sykut (FSU) def. Arnould/David Holland (Duke) 8-6
No. 3: Carleton/Pinsky (Duke) def. Bowles/Cloer (FSU) 8-4
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2*