After a very competitive six hour match, No. 10 Florida State men’s tennis fell to No. 52 Georgia Tech 4-3 at the Bill Moore Tennis Center in Atlanta, Georgia. This is Florida State’s second ACC loss of the weekend after falling to Clemson 4-3 on Friday evening. The Seminoles season record slips to 7-4 and 1-2 in the ACC.
Georgia Tech came out strong in doubles competition defeating Florida State in all three doubles matches to clinch the first point of the day. First match to finish came from court number two as GT’s Scott Blackmon and Jose Mugurza defeated freshman duo Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) and Bradley Mixson (Miami, Fla.) 8-5. Doubles victory was clinched in position one as seniors Ytai Abougzir (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) fell to GT’s Eric Molnar and Luke Rassow-Kantor 8-5 while Georgia Tech won a third doubles match in court three with Jordan DeLass and George Gvelesiani defeating Florida State’s sophomore team Andrew Bailey (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Maciek Sykut (Marathon, Fla.) 8-6.
“I think they played very good doubles,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “They played very well in doubles and played better than we did. I think we hurt a little bit with Sam being out. His arm was hurting from the match on Friday. It may be the new combination of teams playing higher than normal, but I would have to give them a lot of credit for how they played.”
Singles competition was tight with every court splitting to a third set, beginning with #77 Aubone as he split sets with Georgia Tech’s Jordan DeLass with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 decision as the Yellow Jacket’s Jose Muguruza defeated Abougzir on center court 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. Next match to finish took place on court three with GT’s Eric Monlar fighting back to defeat Sykut 7-5, 6-4, 7-5 while the Jacket’s captured the match victory in position five with Luke Rassow-Kantor defeating Florida State’s Chris Cloer (Brevard, NC) 6-2, 3-6, 7-6.
“I felt like there was a fling there when Jean-Yves (Aubone) won to make it one all and then both matches were very tight and they that pivotal point where they won at number one and then follow up with winning at number three,” Hultquist said. “We had a chance to win both those matches.”
On court six Mixson fought back to defeat GT’s Austin Roebuck 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 while Sucupira captured a victory for the Seminoles over the Yellow Jacket’s Scott Blackmon 5-7, 7-6, 6-2.
“I thought Maciek played well,” Hultquist said. “He had a break point at five all and was trying to serve for the match. I feel like we could have won that one (set) and we had other chances where we should have won. I think it was a good, hard fought match and both teams competed very well.”
Florida State men’s tennis (7-4, 1-2 ACC) next travel to Stanford, California this Wednesday, March 7 to take on the No. 27 Cardinals at the Taube Tennis Center. The Seminoles will finish their spring break road trip on Friday in Malibu, California as they take on the defending 2006 NCAA Division I national champions, No. 14 Pepperdine.
“We’ll take tomorrow off and Tuesday we’ll fly out to California and we’ll play Wednesday against Stanford and Friday against Pepperdine,” Hultquist said. “We still have a big week ahead of us, so we’ll have to regroup and get ready for that.”
1. Molnar/Rassow-Kantor (GT) def. Abougzir/Sucupira (FSU) 8-5
2. Blackmon/Muguruzu (GT) def. Aubone/Mixson (FSU) 8-5
3. DeLass/Gvelesiani (GT) def. Bailey/Sykut (FSU) 8-6
Order of Finish: 2, 1*, 3
1. Jose Muguruza (GT) def. Ytai Abougzir 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
2. #77 Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) def. Jordan DeLass (GT) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
3. Eric Molnar (GT) def. Maciek Sykut (FSU) 7-5, 4-6, 7-5
4. Jonathas Sucupira (FSU) def. Scott Blackmon (GT) 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-2
5. Luke Rassow-Kantor (GT) def. Chris Cloer 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(5)
6. Bradley Mixson (FSU) def. Austin Roebuck (GT) 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3, 5*, 6, 4
* – Clinched win.