April 15, 2007
Winston-Salem, N.C. –
The 25th-ranked Seminoles ended the 2007 regular season on Sunday afternoon with an ACC upset over the No. 11 Demon Decons 4-3 at the Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center. After winning the doubles point, Florida State went on to clinch three singles matches to win the overall victory. Florida State men’s tennis team improves to 6-5 in the ACC and 14-8 for the season.
Doubles competition was tight for the Seminoles winning two of three matches to claim the first point of the day. Florida State’s senior Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and junior Sam Chang (Young-Ming, Taiwan) fell on center court to the Demon Decon’s ranked duo #28 Todd Paul and Mariusz Adamski 8-3 while position two found a win for the Seminoles’ senior Ytai Abougzir (Boca Raton, Fla.) and freshman Bradley Mixson (Miami, Fla.) over Cory Parr and Charles Sartor of Wake Forest 9-7. Ending doubles action was court number three as sophomore Maciek Sykut (Marathon, Fla.) and freshman Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) fought through a match point for Wake Forest and defeated the Decons’ Andrew Hamar and Andrew Brasseaux 9-7.
“I thought it was a very important win and a total team effort,” explained head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “We had everyone contribute in singles and doubles. I thought the doubles was pretty key because we were down 7-5 on court two and we were down match point at position three. Wake Forest was serving for match point at 7-5 and Maciek and Jean-Yves fought it off and ended up winning 9-7.”
Wake Forest answered back in singles play on court one as #6 Paul downed #99 Abougzir in two sets 6-2, 6-2. Florida State next came charging back to win three straight matches to capture an the overall victory beginning on court five as Chang defeated Wake Forest’s Steven Forman 6-2, 6-1. Sophomore Chris Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) was next to win over the Decon’s Jason Morgenstern 6-4, 6-1 while senior Sucupira clinched the match for Florida State with a victory over court three’s Mariusz Adamski 6-4, 6-4.
“It was very exciting,” said senior and co-captain Sucupira. “It was my last match of the regular season and I was out there giving everything to win. I thought this win was very important for us if want to host for the NCAA Regionals. This was definitely our best win on the road.”
Wake Forest completed the match win two singles victories with a ranked win for #52 Parr in position two over Florida State’s #94 Aubone in three sets 7-6, 1-6, 1-0 (7) while court four held the final match as Andrew Hamar of Wake Forest defeated Sykut 7-6, 6-4.
“We got a great start from Sam,” Hultquist said. “I felt like it was very big the Sam won very quickly, had a great day and played really aggressive. Then Chris won quickly as well, then Jonathas clinched the overall victory and actually served the ball 131 miles per hour according to the indoor radar gun.”
Florida State men’s tennis team ends their regular season with a 14-8 season record and 6-5 in the ACC. The Seminoles will next travel to the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships to play first round on Thursday, April 19.
No. 25 Florida State 4, No. 11 Wake Forest 3
1.#29 Paul/Adamski (WFU) def. Sucupira/Chang (FSU) 8-3
2.Abougzir/Mixson (FSU) def. Parr/Sartor (WFU) 9-7
3.Sykut/Aubone (FSU) def. Hamar/Brasseaux (WFU) 9-7
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3*
*- Clinched Win.
1.#6 Todd Paul (WFU) def. #99 Ytai Abougzir (FSU) 6-2, 6-2
2.#52 Cory Parr (WFU) def. #94 Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) 7-6, 1-6, 1-0 (7)
3. Jonathas Sucupira (FSU) def. Mariusz Adamski (WFU) 6-4, 6-4
4.Andrew Hamar (WFU) def. Maciek Sykut (FSU) 7-6, 6-4
5. Sam Chang (FSU) def. Steven Forman (WFU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Chris Cloer (FSU) def. Morgenstern (WFU) 6-4, 6-1
Order of Finish: 1, 6, 5, 3*, 2, 4
*- Clinched win.