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Men's Tennis Falls to No. 18 Florida State in Season Opener

Jan. 18, 2008

Honolulu, HI - The Gaels were unable to upset No. 18 Florida State on Thursday, as they fell to the Seminoles, 5-2. Saint Mary's picked up two singles wins, as Marek Dvorak and Lucas Tirelli recorded wins at No. 2 and No. 3 positions.

In his first action in a Gael uniform Dvorak defeated Clint Bowles at the No. 2 position, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3. Joining Dvorak in winning fashion was freshman Lucas Tirelli. Tirelli defeated Florida State's Maciek Sykut, 6-4, 7-5. At the No. 1 position for the Gaels, Joel Kusnierz was edged by Jean-Yves Aubone.

In doubles competition the Gaels were only able to capture a win at the No. 1 position, as Kusnierz and Dvorak teamed up to defeat Jean-Yves Aubone and Clint Bowles, 8-4.

"The team played well today," said Head Coach Michael Wayman, "We had an opportunity to upset a very talented team in Florida State."

The Gaels return to action against Hawaii on Saturday, January 18 at 12:00 PM HT.

Doubles

Kusnierz/Dvorak (SMC) d. Aubone/Bowles (FS) 8-4

Sykut/Chang (FS) d. Christner/Tirelli 8-3

Mixson/Bailey (FS) d. Zannoni/Ellison (8-1)

Singles

J.Y. Aubone (FS) d. J. Kusnierz (SMC)

M. Dvorak (SMC) d. C. Bowles (FS) 2-6; 6-1; 6-3

L. Tirelli (SMC) d. M. Sykut (FS) 6-4; 7-5

C. Cloer (FS) d. A. Christner (SMC) 6-4; 6-2

B. Mixon (FS) d. A. Zannoni (SMC) 7-5; 3-6; 6-2

A. Bailey (FS) d. Y. El Boozkoori (SMC) 6-4; 6-2