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Florida State Men’s Tennis Prepares To Face No. 3 UCLA At 2008 NCAA Championships

May 15, 2008

Tulsa, Okla.  The 14th-ranked Florida State men’s tennis team continues to prepare for the third-ranked UCLA Bruins on Thursday, May 15 in Tulsa, Okla. at the  2008 NCAA Championships.  The Seminoles play Friday at 7:00 p.m.


One of the Seminoles strengths is the depth in their lineup one thru six.  FSU has a 50-29 record at the four thru six positions and when the bottom half of the lineup in on, the Garnet and Gold are very difficult to beat.


No. 4 Singles- Maciek Sykut

Nicknamed “Magic,” junior Maciek Sykut has been steady in the middle of FSU’s lineup.  Sykut has an 11-7 record at the No. 4 position and has won eight out of his last 11 matches.  Proving the importance of this spot in the lineup, Florida State is 16-0 when victorious at the No. 4 position.  While several Seminoles have held this spot in the lineup, it has been Sykut who has played the most.  His signature win came against Virginia Tech when he clinched the teams 4-3 victory with a three-set victory over the Hokies Pedro Graber.  Sykut played the entire third set with the match on the line and ended up winning 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.


“He’s 8-1 in three-set matches and really finished strong for us this year,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said.  “He is very physically fit, has a big serve and really can come at you and play with a lot of energy.”


No. 5 Singles- Chirs Cloer

Junior Chris Cloer is arguably playing the best tennis for Florida State as the team heads into the round of 16.  He has won eight consecutive matches only dropping one set during that time-span.  After rolling his ankle in the middle of the season, Cloer is once again healthy and is one of the Seminoles best bets for a victory every time he steps on the court.  His biggest win of the season came against Florida when he defeated Erik Corace in straight sets.  Cloer owns a 6-5 record at the No. 5 position, but when he wins he is usually one of the first Seminoles off the court.    


“We love how Chris [Cloer] brings energy to the court,” Cloer said.  “He’s one of the fastest guys in college tennis and his late season play has been a real spark for us.”


No. 6 Singles- Brad Mixson

Another one of Florida State‘s fast finishers, sophomore Brad Mixson is usually one of the teams first players finished.  Mixson has an 8-3 record at the No. 6 position and began the year with a five-match winning streak.  When he’s playing well, he is another Seminole who gets off the court quickly.  Mixson clinched the teams’ first-round ACC Tournament match-up against Duke defeating Jared Pinskey in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.  The Seminoles hold a 15-2 record when they win at No. 6 singles.


“He’s very good around the net,” Mixson said.  “He’s a great shot maker and a like him when he’s hitting his serve big and looking to attack to come in.


Tomorrow:  Florida State vs. UCLA and a look at the Seminoles 1-3 positions. 

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