March 14, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It was a rollercoaster affair Tuesday night in front of the largest home crowd of the season, but unfortunately the Florida State men’s tennis team dropped a 4-3 heartbreaker to No. 20 Notre Dame at Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
The Irish won its eighth straight and improved to 10-4 on the season, while the Seminoles dropped to 8-8 overall.
With the score 3-3, the Seminoles were just inches away from knocking-off their second top-20 opponent of the week as FSU freshman Chris Cloer rallied from a 5-3 deficit in the third set to take the 6-5 lead. Cloer, playing at No. 6 singles, battled hard against Notre Dame senior Eric Langenkamp but eventually the Irish broke and secured the 7-6(1) win.
“The loss overshadowed the fact that Florida State junior Ytai Abougzir logged the biggest singles victory of his career after upsetting No. 13 Stephen Bass at No. 1. Abougzir’s 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 win snapped a seven-match win streak for Bass.”
The loss overshadowed the fact that Florida State junior Ytai Abougzir logged the biggest singles victory of his career after upsetting No. 13 Stephen Bass at No. 1. Abougzir’s 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 win snapped a seven-match win streak for Bass.
Florida State sophomore Sam Chang, the reigning Atlantic Coast Conference “Performer of the Week,” also recorded a ranked win as he overpowered No. 89 Brett Helgeson 7-5, 6-4. Tonight marked the fifth straight singles victory for Chang.
The Seminoles took the early 1-0 lead with a sweep at doubles.
At center court, Abougzir and senior Chris Westerhof overpowered Ryan Keckley and Sheeva Parbhu, 8-5, and freshmen Andrew Bailey and Maciek Sykut rolled to an 8-6 win against Barry King and Eric Langenkamp. Chang and junior Jonathas Sucupira registered their second straight doubles win with an 8-4 victory over Andrew Roth and Brett Helgeson.
Florida State will host No. 5 Clemson (14-2) Sunday at 1 p.m.
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