Tallahassee, Fla.– It was a "Super Sunday" for the No. 17 ranked Florida State men's tennis team as they defeated No. 55 South Florida 5-2 Sunday afternoon at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The win gave FSU wins on consecutive days against ranked opponents as the Seminoles were victorious over No. 27 South Alabama 6-1 on Saturday.
"I was impressed with South Florida, I thought they played really hard," FSU tennis coach Dwayne Hultquist said. "I think it's good for us to play back to back days to get used to it for ACC's and NCAA's where you have to play three days in a row and I think if we had to play tomorrow we would be fine."
For the second consecutive day sophomore Jean-Yves Aubone turned in an impressive performance at the No. 1 position. The Miami, Fla. native defeated South Florida's Mahmoud Hamed 6-3, 6-4 to clinch the match for the Seminoles. At the No. 2 position freshman Clint Bowles (Tampa, Fla.), ranked No. 77 in the country, earned a straight sets victory over Lucas Jovita 7-6(3), 6-4. No. 68 ranked Sam Chang (Young-Ming, Taiwan) was victorious at the No. 3 position by beating the Bulls' Jamaal Adderley 6-2, 6-4. The one through three positions for Florida State (6-0) finished the weekend 6-0 in singles competition.
"Jean-Yves [Aubone] is playing really mature tennis and I really like how Sam [Chang] and Clint [Bowles] are doing as well," Hultquist said. "I feel that all three of those guys are interchangeable and they continue to get it done."
Junior Chris Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) got the Seminoles started in singles at the No. 5 position by beating South Florida's Michael Nusslein in straight sets 6-2, 6-4. Florida State's two losses came at the No. 4 position as the Bulls' Diego Toledo upended junior Maciek Sykut (Marathon, Fla.) 6-4, 6-4 and at the No. 6 position where South Florida's Thomas Estrada defeated redshirt freshman Bobby Deye 6-3, 6-2, 10-8. In doubles competition the No. 31 ranked duo of Aubone and Bowles defeated USF's Daniel Daudt and Estrada 8-4. The Seminoles clinched the doubles points with junior Drew Bailey (Tallahassee, Fla.) and sophomore Brad Mixson's victory over Hamed and Adderley 8-5 at the No. 3 position. At the No. 2 position, Chang and Sykut were beat by the Bulls Nusslein and Jovita 8-6.
Florida State returns to the court on Saturday, February 9 as the Seminoles travel to Gainesville, Fla. to take on rival No. 13 Florida.
No. 1: Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) d. Mahmoud Hamed (USF) 6-3, 6-4
No. 2: #77 Clint Bowles (FSU) d. Lucas Jovita (USF) 7-6(3), 6-4
No. 3: #68 Sam Chang (FSU) d. Jamaal Adderley (USF) 6-2, 6-4
No. 4: Diego Toledo (USF) d. Maciek Sykut (FSU) 6-4, 6-4
No. 5: Chris Cloer (FSU) d. Michael Nusslein (USF) 6-2, 6-4
No. 6: Thomas Estrada (USF) d. Bobby Deye (FSU) 3-6, 6-2, 10-8
Order of finish: 5, 3, 1, 4, 6, 2
No. 1: #31 Aubone/Bowles (FSU) d. Daniel Daudt/Estrada (USF) 8-4
No. 2: Nusslein/Javita (USF) d. Chang/Sykut (FSU) 8-6
No. 3: Mixson/ Drew Bailey (FSU) d. Hamed/Adderley (USF) 8-5
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2