April 11, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 58 Maryland men's tennis team lost at home Friday to No. 12 Florida State, 5-2, despite a strong effort from the Terrapins.
The Terps (10-9, 2-8) won the doubles point with strong showings from the team of Andrew Orban and Boris Fetbroyt, and the team of David Kwon and Amit Inbar. Nickolai Nielsen added a win at singles to continue his recent hot streak.
Florida State (17-4, 8-2) bounced back quickly from the doubles point loss, and jumped out to an early lead in four of the six singles matches, on their way to winning five matches at singles.
Playing at No. 1 doubles, the No. 8-ranked doubles team of Orban and Fetbroyt jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead, and traded service points to 7-4 with the No. 16-ranked team of Jean-Yves Aubone and Clint Bowles.
With their backs against the wall, the Seminoles rallied to draw even at 7-7. With a barrage of aces and smash-points Fetbroyt held serve to take the lead 8-7, but Florida State held to force a tie-breaker.
In the tie-breaker, the energized Terps quickly built a 4-1 lead, but were answered with a four point run by Florida State to take the lead. With the tie breaker score tied 6-6, Fetbroyt held serve, and the Terps followed with a break of serve to win the match, 9-8 (8-6).
Playing at No. 3 doubles, Kwon and Inbar traded points with the team of Brad Mixson and Andrew Bailey until reaching a 7-7 tie. At the time the score was tied at seven, Orban and Fetbroyt closed out their match, meaning the doubles point would be decided by the No. 3 doubles teams.
With the teams and fans focused on their match, Kwon and Inbar broke the Seminoles' serve, and closed out the match with a huge ace from Inbar to win 9-7, and clinch the doubles point for the Terps.
Junior co-captain Nickolai Nielsen continued to win at singles, something he did in the two matches leading up to Friday's showdown with Mixson at No. 5 singles. Nielsen needed three sets, but was able to win for the third consecutive match, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.
The Terps will be back in action Sunday at 11 a.m. when they close out their regular season schedule at the Tennis Center at College Park and play host to No. 23 Miami on senior day.