May 26, 2006
PALO ALTO, Calif. – Ytai Abougzir and Chris Westerhof opened doubles play in the first round of the NCAA Individual Doubles Championship with a victory over Baylor’s No. 23-ranked pair of Michal Kokta and Lars Poerschke in the round of 32 on Thursday at the Taube Tennis Center on the campus of Stanford University. The duo, ranked No. 11 in the nation, advanced with a close 7-6 (2), 7-5 victory and will square-off against ACC-foe Joey Atas and Jonathan Stokke of Duke on Friday.
“I thought this was a good win for Ytai and Chris,” Florida State head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “We were down in the first set…and battled our way back. Kokta and Poerschke make up a very strong team and they enjoyed a successful season. Now we have to turn our attention to Atas and Stokke who upset the No. 1 team in the nation today. ”
Abougzir and Westerhof have an impressive 22-9 record on the season and have won nine of their last 10 matches. To put in perspective how dominating this team has been the last two months, take in the fact that they started 11 straight weeks of the season without being ranked. Thanks to an incredible 8-1 record against nationally ranked pairs, Abougzir and Westerhof have a legitimate chance to make a run for the NCAA Doubles Championship crown.
The two doubles teams from Duke and Florida State met twice this season with Abougzir and Westerhof winning 8-3 and 8-5 in the two meetings. One more victory for either team will automatically make the players All-Americans.
“It is always hard to beat any team three times,” Hultquist said. “Both doubles teams are very familiar with each other so I can assure you it will be a battle until the very end.”
The match times are not announced, but it is known that doubles play will not begin before 5:30 p.m. (EDT).