Men's Tennis ACCtion: Wednesday, January 28
Jan. 28, 2009
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The No. 11-ranked Florida State men’s tennis team snapped a five-match losing streak to Notre Dame with a 4-3 victory against the Fighting Irish in South Bend, Ind. The win was number 141 for head coach Dwayne Hultquist tying him with former Seminole head man David Barron for the most in FSU tennis history.
The Seminoles (3-2) began the day by winning the doubles point after taking two out of three closely contested matches. On court three the team of senior Chris Cloer and junior Vahid Mirzadeh won the last two games of the set to take a 9-7 victory against Niall Fitzgerald and Matt Johnson. The 47th-ranked team of seniors Drew Bailey and Maciek Sykut clinched the point on court two with a 9-8(1) win over Stephen Havens and Casey Watt. FSU did lose the third match on court one with 23rd-ranked junior Jean-Yves Aubone and sophomore Clint Bowles were defeated in a tiebreaker Brett Helgeson and Tyler Davis 9-8(6).
The Garnet and Gold quickly raced out to a 3-0 lead thanks to a pair of straight set wins in singles. On court three the 79th-ranked Sykut easily dispatched on No. 112 Daniel Stahl 6-1, 6-3 and on court five Cloer defeated Fitzgerald 6-2, 6-3. The Fighting Irish (1-3) made the score 3-1 minutes later on court six when Samuel Keeton beat Bailey 7-5, 6-2. Notre Dame pulled within one on court four with Casey Watt’s straight set victory over Mirzadeh 6-4, 6-2.