May 25, 2007
ATHENS, Ga. –
After splitting to three sets in round two of the NCAA Doubles Championship, No. 20 senior Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and junior Sam Chang (Young-Ming, Taiwan) dropped a tight battle to defending national champions No. 8 Kevin Anderson and Ryan Rowe of Illinois 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 in Athens, Ga.
“We played the defending national champions and played a really tight match and put ourselves in a really close position to winning,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “I’m really happy with the way we played the match. Illinois guy’s serves are huge. Anderson actually won his first eleven serves then we finally broke him after that. The difference I think today was just that they served really well.”
“We were down 6-2, 3-1 in the second set and we fought back,” Hultquist explain. “The guys fought back and fought really hard to win the second set. We made Illinois play really hard to beat us in the third set.”
The Florida State duo ends their 2007 doubles career with an 11-4 record and season high ranking of twenty in the nation. Coach Hultquist is proud of everything Sucupira and Chang as well as the team have accomplished in the 2006-07 season.
“We did a lot of good things this year,” Hultquist explain. “Sam and Jon coming in to this tournament really did great winning the first round. Jon had a great senior year and beating Florida and Miami earlier in the year and having the highest ranking in the program’s history was definitely a highlight. We have a lot of good guys coming back next year and continue building from the last three years where we’ve finished in the top twenty each year.”
Round Two Results:
No. 8 K. Anderson and R. Rowe (UI) def. No. 20 J. Sucupira/S. Chang (FSU) 6-2, 5-7,6-3
Round One Results:
No. 20 J. Sucupira/S. Chang (FSU) def No. 18 D. Johnson/S. Radman (UL) 6-3, 7-6 (2)