March 9, 2006
COLLEGE STATION, Texas- The Florida State men’s tennis team ended its three-match road trip on a sour note late Thursday, falling 4-3 to Texas A&M in front of 408 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.
The teams split the first two doubles matches with FSU winning at the No. 1 line and A&M winning at the No. 3 position. A&M’s Matt Bain and Jerry Makowksi then gave the Aggies a 1-0 lead as they overcame a 4-1 deficit and won the No. 2 line, 9-7, against Maciek Sykut and Andrew Bailey.
Losing the doubles team point overshadowed the fact that junior Ytai Abougzir and senior Chris Westerhof recorded its second Top 25 upset in in as many weeks. The duo first overcame the No. 1 pair against Ohio State and they also finished off the Aggies’ No. 25-ranked duo of Joelson and Wooten.
A&M won the first three singles matches to be completed, clinching the victory before FSU tallied its first point. Makowski defeated Abougzir, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 1, and Mohamed Dakki gave A&M a 2-0 lead with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Sykut at No. 5. John Nallon held off Westerhof, 7-5, 7-6 (4), at the No. 4 line to put the Aggies ahead, 4-0.
The remaining three singles matches were decided in three sets, with the Seminoles coming out on top on each court.
A&M improves to 3-4 with the win, while FSU drops to 7-7.
Florida State returns home Sunday with a 1pm match against No. 15 Georgia Tech .