March 8, 2006
THIS WEEK . . .
After a big win at USF under its belt, the Florida State men’s tennis team continues its Spring Break road trip with contests at Rice Wednesday (4pm) and Texas A&M Thursday (7pm). The Seminoles, ranked No. 35 in the latest Fila/ITA National Rankings, enter the match versus the Owls with a 6-6 overall record. Florida State has yet to win two matches in a row this season. Meanwhile, Rice is 5-4 on the season and the Owls are ranked No. 57 nationally. The Aggies, a team that will play their first match of the season at home against the Seminoles, are ranked No. 60 with a 2-4 record.
INDIVIDUALLY SPEAKING . . .
Florida State freshman Maciek Sykut has not lost a match in over a month. The last time he recorded a loss was on February 4 against Joseph Lok of Penn. Since then, he has won four straight at three different positions; he is 1-0 in the third slot, 2-0 at No. 4 singles and 1-0 at No. 5. Florida State senior Chris Westerhof (6-4) and sophomore Sam Chang (6-5) also have six dual match victories to lead all Seminoles in wins. As for doubles, the No. 1 pair of junior Ytai Abougzir and Chris Westerhof are 9-3 overall and 5-3 in dual matches. Last week against Ohio State, the duo upset the No. 1 doubles team in the country.
IN THE POLLS . . .
FSU dropped five spots in the latest ITA-Fila National Rankings with a loss to No. 12 Ohio State. The Seminoles were ranked No. 30 last week. All six of Florida State’s losses on the season have come against ranked opponents, including four teams ranked in the top-20 in the nation (at the time of competition). The Seminoles fell to No. 2 Pepperdine, No. 9 Baylor, No. 12 Ohio State, No. 18 Miami, No. 37 Louisiana-Lafayette and No. 59 Nebraska. Florida State has quality wins over No. 31 South Carolina, No. 46 Penn, No. 50 Alabama and No. 59 Furman.
INDIVIDUALS IN THE RANKINGS:
The Tribe started the season with four players ranked in singles but since then all but two have dropped out of the national spotlight. Sucupiras began the season at No. 36 but because he has not competed this year, officials dropped him to No. 100. Chang fell from No. 49 to No. 98. Sykut (then-No. 68) and Abougzir (then-No. 72) are no longer ranked in singles although Abougzir did upset the No. 46th-ranked player in the nation when the Tribe faced OSU. When the updated rankings are released he could possibly jump into the Top 100.
Florida State is 75-62 overall in singles on the season and 32-30 in dual matches (singles).
In duals, the Seminoles have the best record at the No. 2 spot. FSU is 6-2 in the second position with three different players contributing to No. 2 singles victories.
Versus ranked opponents, Florida State’s doubles teams are 11-5. In dual matches, the Seminoles have a below .500 doubles record (16-18).
The Seminoles have featured six different duo combinations on the year.
Florida State head coach Dwayne Hultquist needs 13 more wins to become the school’s third all-time leading coach by victories.
Player: Overall / Dual
Maciek Sykut: 13-9 / 6-3
Chris Westerhof: 11-7 / 6-4
#100 Jon Sucupira: 10-6 / 1-0
Ytai Abougzir: 8-9 / 4-4
Andrew Bailey: 6-6 / 2-3
Jason Hood: 4-6 / 3-4
Chris Cloer: 5-8 / 4-7