Tournament Central and Draws
May 24, 2006
After leading his team to the school’s fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, Florida State University men’s tennis junior standout Ytai Abougzir (16-18) opened competition at the 2006 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship today. After leading early in the first set, Abougzir eventually stumbled to Arkansas’ No. 17-ranked Adrians Zguns (24-12), 6-4, 6-4. He concluded the season with an 18-13 singles record.
Abougzir, who played No. 1 singles for the Seminoles during the season, was the first Florida State men’s tennis player in 12 years to be selected to participate in both the singles and doubles competition of the 2006 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championships. FSU All-American Brian Stanton was the last FSU player to qualify for both singles and doubles during the 1994 season.
Abougzir (Boca Raton, Fla.) and his doubles partner, Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa), make up the No. 11-ranked duo in the nation. The dynamic pair has an impressive 21-9 record this season, with a win over the top-seeded team in the nation, Scott Green and Ross Wilson of Ohio State. The tandem will start doubles competition on Thursday, May 25, at a time not yet announced. The Seminoles’ top duo will face Baylor’s No. 23-ranked pair of Michal Kokta and Lars Poerschke.
The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 24-29 at the Taube Tennis Center in Stanford, Calif.