April 8, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. –
It was an emotional match on Easter Sunday as the No. 25 Seminoles fell in a tight battle to the No. 3 Virginia Cavaliers 4-3. Florida State men’s tennis team captured the doubles point but was unable to clinch three singles victories to claim the match. This is the fifth 4-3 match the Seminoles have dropped this season and the first time in 14 matches the team has lost at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Florida State slips to 12-8 and 4-5 in the ACC while Cavaliers remain undefeated 9-0 in ACC play and 21-3 for the season.
“I think one of the things that has been difficult for us is that other than Virginia and Miami we’ve played the lower teams in the conference at home, and the tougher teams on the road,” head coach Dwayne Hulquist explained. “Virginia is the favored team to win in the conference and we almost beat them. It shows that we’re at the same level as the top couple teams in the conference.”
There was high intensity from both teams during doubles action as Virginia’s #2 Somdev Devvarman and Treat Huey broke the seven match winning streak of senior Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and junior Sam Chang (Young-Ming, Taiwan) 8-3 on center court. Florida State answered back with a win in position three as freshman Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) and sophomore Maciek Sykut (Marathon, Fla.) defeated the Cavaliers’ Teddy Angelinos and Lee Singer 8-5. Doubles point decision was left up to court two as senior Ytai Abougzir (Boca, Raton, Fla.) and freshman Bradley Mixson (Miami, Fla.) overpowered UVA’s #47 Houston Barrick and Dom Inglot 9-7 to give Florida State the doubles victory.
“We won the doubles point and I think this is the first time we haven’t won the match when we’ve won the doubles point all year,” Hultquist said.
In his final match at Scott Speicher Tennis Center, senior Sucupira captured the first FSU singles victory over Virginia’s Barrick 6-4, 6-1. Sophomore Chris Cloer (Brevard, NC) was next to finish as he defeated the Cavalier’s Lee Singer 6-2, 7-5. Virginia captured their first point of the day on center court as #2 Somdev Devvarman defeated Florida State’s #99 Abougzir 6-2, 7-6 (2) while Sykut dropped a three set decision in position three to UVA’s Inglot 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. Virginia received the next point as #22 Huey defeated #94 Aubone on court two in three sets 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.
Court four held the deciding match with Florida State’s Chang capturing the first set 7-6 (4) and later splitting as Virginia’s Marko Miklo won the second 7-6 (2). Due to leg cramping, Chang fell in the third set giving Virginia and Miklo the overall match victory with a 6-7 (4), 7-6 (2), 6-0 decision.
“We won four first sets and we were in really good position,” Hultquist said. “Jon (Sucupira) and Chris (Cloer) won their matches in straight sets, then Virginia came back at court three, then at one, then on two and Sam cramping was kind of a tough break for us. Sam’s first two sets went to tiebreakers plus it was a four hour match and I think he could have won that second if he hadn’t cramped. That shows the level of how hard the points were in the first two sets. I was kind of disappointed we couldn’t close it, but I thought we still played very well.”
With only two matches remaining in the regular season, Florida State men’s tennis (12-8, 4-5 ACC) travels to North Carolina for another weekend of ACC match-ups against NC State on Friday, April 13 and Wake Forest on Sunday, April 15. Florida State will compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship on April 19.
No. 25 Florida State 3, No. 3 Virginia 4
1.#2 Devvarman/Huey (UVA) def. Chang/Sucupira (FSU) 8-3
2. Abougzir/Mixson (FSU) def. #47 Barrick/Inglot (UVA) 9-7
3. Aubone/Sykut (FSU) def. Angelinos/Singer (UVA) 8-5
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2*
*- Clinched Win.
1. #2 Somdev Devvarman (UVA) def. #99 Ytai Abougzir (FSU) 6-2, 7-6 (4)
2.. #22 Treat Huey (UVA) def. #94 Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
3. Dom Inglot (UVA) def. Maciek Sykut (FSU) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
4. Marko Miklo (UVA) def. Sam Chang 6-7 (4), 7-6 (2), 6-0
5. Jonathas Sucupira (FSU) def. Houston Barrick (UVA) 6-4, 6-1
6. Chris Cloer (FSU) def. Lee Singer (UVA) 6-2, 7-5
Order of Finish: 5, 6, 1, 3, 2, 4*
*- Clinched Win.