May 10, 2006
Schedule of Events
NCAA First Round
No. 14 Ole Miss (20-5, 13-4 SEC) vs.
Saturday, May 13 at noon (EDT)
No. 17 FSU (17-11, 8-3 ACC) vs. No. 44
Saturday, May 13 at 3pm (EDT)
NCAA Second Round
Sunday, May 14 at 2pm (EDT)
Hosted by Ole Miss
Ole Miss has hosted 7 times in last 8 years
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Live Stats: TBD
Saturday: Isolated thunderstorms
High: 75 degrees
Sunday: Partly cloudy
Rankings Roll Call
FSU’s Season In A Nutshell
Just being ranked 17th in the country is a pretty good spot for this team, especially considering the hole it dug itself to start the season. Injuries to No. 1 singles player Ytai Abougzir and No. 2 singles player Jonathas Sucupira forced Hultquist to scramble to put a lineup on the courts at the start of the season. FSU lost matches to lesser-ranked teams like Louisiana-Lafayette (ranked No. 47 at the time) and
“At one point we had three freshmen starting out of our six spots,” senior Chris Westerhof said. “That was tough on the team and we ended up with some losses that we probably shouldn’t have had. But then the freshmen improved a lot and they got used to playing college tennis and we started to overcome those injuries. We knew we’d be a good team if we were all healthy and I think we’ve sort of proven that now.”
That early season swoon saw FSU drop in the ITA poll from a preseason No. 11 ranking all the way to 38th by early February, but the Seminoles began a steady climb back to the nation’s elite thanks to some big wins late in the season. A win over then-No. 4 Duke on April 2 and a win over then-No. 10
The Seminoles At The NCAA Tournament
This is Florida State’s fourth-straight appearance in the Big Dance under Hultquist and the first four-peat for the Seminoles since its run of five consecutive trips from 1994-98. Last season, the Seminoles advanced to the “Sweet Sixteen” and “Elite Eight” for the first time in school history. Hultquist led his squad to an impressive 21-8 record and the Seminoles first trip to the Elite Eight in
A Look At FSU At The NCAAs The Last 3 Seasons
Year W-L-T NCAA NCAA Opponents
2003 15-11 1-1 W vs.
2004 10-13 0-1 L vs.
2005 27-8 3-1 W vs.
Hultquist Nears 100-Win Milestone
Seven-year FSU net boss Dwayne Hultquist needs one more victory to reach a significant coaching milestone. With 99 career victories, Hultquist needs one more to log win No. 100 at
With a 17-11 overall record, the Seminoles need one more win to bolster the second-best school record in the last 11 years. Last year’s quad finished with an impressive 21-8 record. With a win over Auburn, the Seminoles’ 18-11 mark will be the second-most number of wins since the 1995 squad posted an 18-9 record.
FSU Record Last 10 Years
ITA Award Finalists
A Look At
Auburn, which is ranked 44th in the latest ITA ranking released on May 1, finished the season with an overall record of 14-10 and was 4-7 in Southeastern Conference play. The Tigers faced six opponents currently ranked in the top-25 this season, including No.1 Georgia. FSU holds the all-time series advantage over
The Tigers have been to the NCAA Tournament in 12 of the past 13 seasons, advancing out of the first round eight times.
The Tigers have two players ranked in singles, No. 105 Alex Schweizer and No. 109 Robbert Lathouwers. The two of them switch off between the No. 1 and 2 positions.
Chang, Chang, Chang
FSU sophomore Sam Chang is often compared to the Energizer Bunny, because, as the commercial goes, “…he keeps going and going.” The 5-foot-7 native of
Single Season 20-Match Win Club
Prior to this year, only 27 Seminoles have won 20-or-single-matches in a single season. Two more can now be added to the list. FSU sophomore Sam Chang is 29-19 this season in singles and freshman Maciek Sykut is an outstanding 23-13. Senior Chris Westerhof, with a 19-12 record, needs just one more win to be added to the elite list for the second time in his career. With a 17-12 record, freshman Chris Cloer needs three wins to reach the 20-win plateau.
Wild, Wild West
In all frankness, is there anywhere left for senior Chris Westerhof to stamp his name in the FSU record book? For starters, he is the program’s best doubles player of all time by wins with 92 victories in his four-year tenure. In fact, Westerhof has 13 more doubles wins than Ken McKenzie and Jason White who are second on the list. Westerhof’s 159 career overall wins (career singles and doubles victories) ties him for third with Yvo Niks (1995-99) on the all-time FSU list. FSU great Brian Stanton is in second place with 160 wins and Westerhof needs two wins to move into solo position of the second slot. Jason White tops the list with 171 career overall wins. Out of breath yet? Well, there is more. With 67 career singles victories, Westerhof needs two more to rank in the top-10 of the career singles list. He already owns the tandem single-season record (with former partner Jeff Groslimond) with 27 wins in 2005 and 26 victories in 2004. With one more doubles victory, he and Ytai Abougzir’s 21 doubles wins will be enough to tie for ninth place all-time. Whoo! Got all of that?!
I Do Believe He Is Magic
FSU freshman Maciek “Magic” Sykut could quite possibly be the hottest singles player in the country right now. The rookie out of
The Seminoles By The Numbers
The percent of matches the team wins at No. 3 singles, making it the most reliable spot in the lineup. The No. 6 position is second, with the team winning 61.5 percent of its matches there.
The longest win streak by the team this season (NC State,
Number of teams from the ACC that reached the NCAA Tournament, making it the best conference in the nation.
Number of straight matches Ytai Abougzir has been ranked in singles.
Number of singles players, including Abougzir, from the ACC that qualified for the NCAA Singles Championship.
Number of doubles teams, including the Abougzir/Westerhof pair, from the ACC that qualified for the NCAA Doubles Championship.
Number of straight singles matches sophomore Sam Chang has won entering the NCAA Tournament
Number of times the Seminoles have been to the “Sweet Sixteen” and/or “Elite Eight”
Number of daughters FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist has. He and his wife Angela welcomed their fourth child (Mackenzie) into the world during March of this year.