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Aubone Loses In Three Sets In Second Round Of 2008 NCAA Tennis Tournament

May 22, 2008

TULSA, Okla.- Florida State sophomore Jean-Yves Aubone’s season came to an end in the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tennis Championships in Tulsa, Okla.  The No. 13-ranked player in the country lost a three-set heartbreaker to Ohio State‘s 16th-ranked Bryan Koniecko 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.

“It was a tough match today, he played well and it could have gone either way,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said.  “He played a good a match against a good player and fought all the way to the end.”

The sophomore All-American dominated the first set in impressive fashion winning 6-1.  The two competitors played a lot of long hard points, but in the end it was Aubone who came out on top on most of them.

“He [Aubone] came out really strong,” Hultquist said.  “They played some long points and he won those points to get the early advantage.”

In the second set, Koniecko broke Aubone early and while he was able to fight back, in the end it was the Buckeye who took the second 6-2.  The third set was a tight battle that saw Koniecko get the only break of the set at 1-1.  That was all he needed, as Aubone could not recover and was eliminated from the tournament 6-4.

“He got down an early break in the second and fought back, he had a few chances but Koniecko really elevated his game,” Hultquist said.  “Jean-Yves played a good third set, but he had a few unforced errors in the game he was broken and Koniecko once again played really well to close it out.”

Aubone ends his dual-match season with an 18-8 record with almost all of his matches being played at the No. 1 position.  He was named ACC Player of the Week once and he was a member of the All-ACC team.  His strong season also earned the Miami, Fla. native the Mideast Region Player to Watch award.

“He had a great year in singles, and he came to play every single match,” Hultquist said.  “He made a huge jump from last year and became one of the best players in the country.”

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