Jan. 27, 2006
Complete Match Notes
THIS WEEK: The 11th-ranked Seminoles host No. 47 Louisiana-Lafayette at 1pm Saturday (Jan. 28) before traveling to No. 39 Miami on Tuesday (Jan. 30) for a 4:30 pm Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) battle against the Hurricanes. On Friday evening (Jan. 27), over 500 tennis fans, members of the media and Florida State boosters will gather on the campus of Florida State University to celebrate the upcoming men’s and women’s tennis season at the 4th Annual “First Serve” Preseason Banquet.
ITA NATIONAL RANKINGS: Florida State started the 2006 season ranked No. 11 in the first ITA poll of the season, released on Jan. 10. The ranking is the highest ever for the program and four Seminoles are ranked in singles: junior Jonathas Sucupira (No. 36), sophomore Sam Chang (No. 49), freshman Maciek “Magic” Sykut (No. 68) and junior Ytai Abougzir (No. 72). The Chang/Sucupira pair also earned a preseason national ranking of No. 29 in doubles.
SUCUPIRA OUT WITH INJURY: The Seminoles’ highest ranked singles and doubles player, Jonathas Sucupira, is out for four weeks with a hand fracture. His status for Florida State‘s inaugural appearance at the 2006 National Indoor Championships is possible at this time considering the tournament (Feb. 17-20) takes place in exactly four weeks.
A LOOK AT THE OPPONENT: The Ragin Cajuns (2-0) swept both of their opponents this week against Southern University and Alcorn State. Louisiana-Lafayette enters this week ranked No. 47 and are led under the direction of fourth-year head coach Justin McGrath.
PLAYERS NEARING RECORDS: Florida State senior Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa) currently ranks seventh in school history with 73 doubles wins and needs seven victories to break the FSU career record (79) held by Ken McKenzie and Jason White. Also, he has 126 career overall wins (singles, doubles victories) which puts him in ninth place all-time and he needs five more wins to pass former Seminole Jeff Groslimond’s 130 for eighth place. Furthermore, Florida State head coach Dwayne Hultquist needs 19 wins this season to become the school’s third all-time leading coach by wins.
NINE AND COUNTING: Florida State has not lost a home match at Scott Speicher Tennis Center in nine straight appearances. In fact, the last time the Seminoles fell at home was almost one year ago, on Feb. 6, against Florida.
BOYAJIAN JOINS TEAM: The Seminoles now have nine roster players listed after Florida State head coach Dwayne Hultquist added freshman Ryan Boyajian, a native of Weston, Fla., to the roster two weeks ago.
A LOOK BACK: In Florida State‘s opening dual match of the season against Florida Atlantic, the Seminoles played without No. 36 Jonathas Sucupira and No. 72 Ytai Abougzir. Regardless, the Tribe walked away with a 5-2 victory against the Owls and junior Jason Hood recorded his first singles and doubles victories (dual matches) of his career. Seminole freshman Maciek Sykut also earned his first singles win (dual) at Florida State.