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Florida State Men’s Tennis Arrives In Tulsa For 2008 NCAA Championships

May 14, 2008

Tulsa, Okla.  The 14th-ranked Florida State men’s tennis team held its first practice in Tulsa, Okla. on Wednesday, May 14 as the team prepares for the 2008 NCAA Championships which begin Friday, May 16.


The Seminoles will play No. 3 UCLA in their round of 16 match on Friday at 7:00 p.m.  This will be the first meeting between FSU and the Bruins with the winner advancing to the quarterfinals to face the winner of the match between USC and Oklahoma St on Sunday, May 18.  Throughout the week will preview Florida State‘s doubles and singles lineups for its round of 16 match beginning with the doubles lineup.


As most college tennis fans know, the doubles point is always crucial to a teams’ success and for Florida State it is no different.  When the Seminoles win the doubles point they hold a remarkable 17-2 record.  On the flip side, when they lose the doubles point, FSU is just 4-4.  Here is a look at the Garnet and Gold’s top three doubles’ squads.


No. 1 Doubles:  Jean-Yves Aubone and Clint Bowles

The duo of sophomore Jean-Yves Aubone and freshman Clint Bowles has been one of the most successful pairings in Florida State history.  Aubone and Bowles own a 27-13 record together which ties them for the most single season doubles’ wins in program history.  The teammates began the year with a 12-3 record in the fall that included the doubles championship at the Seminole Invitational.  Their strong play continued during the dual-match season as Aubone and Bowles notched wins against some of the best teams in the country including third and fourth-ranked teams from Miami and North Carolina respectively.  Their results are good enough to have the duo ranked 15th and the country which earned them a berth in the 2008 NCAA Doubles’ Tournament that begins on May 21.


“They’ve won a lot of 9-8 matches and a lot of matches to clinch the doubles point for us,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said.  “They’ve had a strong year and for Clint [Bowles] to step us as a freshman and have such a great year is good to see.”


No. 2 Doubles:  Sam Chang and Maciek Sykut

Florida State‘s most experienced team comes in the form of senior Sam Chang and junior Maciek Sykut.  This duo began the fall season ranked No. 26 in the country, but a slow start to the season knocked them out of the rankings.  During the dual-match season the pair rolled off eight wins in an eleven match stretch including their signature win of the season a 9-8(4) point clinching win against the 43rd-ranked team in the country from North Carolina.  When Chang and Sykut are playing well, Florida State is almost unbeatable in doubles.


“When they come and play with a lot of energy it is important for our team,” Hultquist said.  “They clinched the doubles match for us against South Alabama and they are used to playing and winning big matches.”



No. 3 Doubles:  Drew Bailey and Brad Mixson

While Aubone and Bowles may be the best team, junior Drew Bailey and sophomore Brad Mixson are the Seminoles most consistent pair.  The duo has joined forces for a 17-7 record during the dual-match season including a seven-match winning streak to begin the spring season.  One of the toughest No. 3 teams in the country, Bailey and Mixson’s biggest win came against Wake Forest when they outlasted the Demon Deacons on court three in a tiebreak 9-8(9) to clinch the doubles point.  They had to fight off three match points before prevailing for the Seminoles.


“They are both serving very well and I think Drew [Bailey] is playing the best tennis that he has ever played,” Hultquist said.  “I think Brad [Mixson] really cleans up around the net and has improved on his return of serves.”


Tomorrow:  A look at the bottom half of Florida State‘s singles lineup. 

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