April 14, 2006 - by

Down To The Wire: FSU Hosts Two Key ACC Matches This Weekend

April 14, 2006


Anyway you look at it, a lot rides on this weekend for the No. 22-ranked Florida State men’s tennis team. For starters, the Seminoles are in a three-way tie for fourth place in the Atlantic Coast Conference race. If FSU can win out, the Tribe will likely finish in third place and therefore receive a bye in the first round of the ACC Championship. The Seminoles will get their first test at the opportunity tonight when Florida State hosts No. 34 NC State beginning at 5:30 p.m.


“This weekend’s matches are really important for a couple of reasons,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “It will determine where we finish in the conference standings and if we are third or fourth then we would receive a first round bye at the ACC Tournament next week. Also, winning these matches is really important because we are still in the hunt to host the NCAA Tournament. Getting two ranked wins against NC State and Wake Forest would really help our cause.”


NC State enters the weekend with a 20-7 (3-6 ACC) record, while Florida State stands at 13-10 (6-3 ACC) following a loss, 5-2, to Virginia. The Packs’ Nick Cavaday is ranked No. 46 in singles with an 11-11 record. He will battle the Seminoles’ only ranked player, No. 52 Ytai Abougzir, at center court. Florida State sophomore Sam Chang is on a roll in singles action, knocking off two ranked players last weekend at No. 3 singles.


The Seminoles have a solid lineup at Nos. 1-6 and freshmen Maciek Sykut and Chris Cloer has won five of their last six matches at the fourth and sixth slots.


In doubles action, the No. 1 pair of Abougzir and senior Chris Westerhof has won three straight matches, including two over ranked opponents. In fact, the pair is 5-1 against nationally ranked opponents this season.


While all the focus is on the team, Coach Hultquist is silently nearing a coaching milestone. With six more wins, he will be the third-winningness Florida State men’s tennis coach of all-time. For a man that is just in his seventh season leading the Seminoles, it’s an unprecedented accomplishment.


The Seminoles will wrap up their regular season schedule on Sunday when Florida State battles No. 26 Wake Forest (14-7, 6-3 ACC) at 1pm. Westerhof, the lone senior on the team, will be recognized in pre-match festivities.
















































































































Team


Conference


Overall


Wins


Losses


Pct.


Wins


Losses


Pct.


#6 Duke University


8


1


0.889


16


5


0.762


#11 University of Virginia


8


1


0.889


18


6


0.750


#10 Univ. of Miami (Florida)


7


2


0.778


15


3


0.833


#12 North Carolina


6


3


0.667


21


3


0.875


#22 Florida State University


6


3


0.667


13


10


0.565


#26 Wake Forest University


6


3


0.667


14


7


0.667


#57 Virginia Tech


3


6


0.333


12


11


0.522


#27 Georgia Tech


3


6


0.333


9


8


0.529


#34 North Carolina State


3


6


0.333


20


7


0.741


#21 Clemson University


3


6


0.333


18


8


0.692


Univ. of Maryland, College Park


1


8


0.111


9


9


0.500


Boston College


0


9


0.000


5


16


0.227

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