March 29, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. –
The 27th-ranked Seminoles (11-5, 3-2 ACC) travel to North Carolina this weekend for two Atlantic Coast Conference match-ups beginning with No. 21 Duke (9-6, 2-1 ACC) on Friday, March 30 and No. 6 North Carolina (15-0, 3-0 ACC) on Sunday, April 1. The Seminoles first take on the blue devils at 2:30 p.m. at the Ambler Stadium in Durham, N.C. and later travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. to challenge the undefeated Tar Heels at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
Florida State is led by captain #82 Ytai Abougzir (Boca Raton, Fla.) who has three ranked wins for the season and freshman #119 Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) who also has three ranked wins and a current six game winning streak. Junior Sam Chang (Young-Ming, Taiwan) and sophomore Maciek Sykut (Marathon, Fla.) will also lead the Seminoles in to ACC competition.
After defeated Maryland and Boston College last week, Florida State men’s tennis improved their ACC record to 3-2 for the season. Starting this weekend, the Seminoles will compete in six Atlantic Coast Conference matches leading up to the ACC Tournament, which begins on Thursday, April 19 in Cary, N.C.
North Carolina: Home Away From Home
Florida State men’s tennis will be doing a lot of traveling in the month of April, all of which the destination will lie somewhere in the state of North Carolina. This weekend the Seminoles land in Durham and Chapel Hill to play ACC rivals Duke and North Carolina. The squad returns briefly to the Scott Speicher Tennis Center to take on Virginia and Virginia Tech on April 6 and April 8 respectively followed by another trip to North Carolina to challenge NC State on April 13 and Wake Forest on April 15. Florida State men’s tennis then return to Tallahassee for three days before flying out to the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship on April 19 where the tournament will be hosted in Cary, N.C.
All Good Things Must Come To An End
The Seminoles’ final home matches are just around the corner. On Friday, April 6 at 5:00 p.m. Florida State men’s tennis will play host to Virginia Tech and later on Easter Sunday the Seminoles will host their final 2007 home match at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center against Virginia at 1:00 p.m.
Bailey, O’Shea Fall Short In Challenger Pre-Qualifier
Florida State sophomore Andrew Bailey (Tallahassee, Fla.) overcame a series of disputed calls Wednesday, holding off Evegeny Silitski in the semifinals to move into the pre-qualifying final of the Tallahassee Challenger tennis tournament. Bailey fell short of reaching the qualifier to Lance Vodicka 7-5, 6-4 on Thursday afternoon. Florida State freshman Michael O’Shea (Boca Raton, Fla.) competed in the pre-qualifier as well dropping a match in the second round.