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No. 19 Men, No. 68 Women Open 2006 ACC Tennis Championship This Week

April 20, 2006

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BRIEFLY . . .


Florida State’s No. 19 men and No. 68 women’s tennis teams open play at the 2006 Atlantic Coast Conference Tennis Championships this week at the Cary Tennis Center in Cary, North Carolina. The men, seeded No. 5 after finishing in a three-way tie for second place in the regular season race, will face 12th-seeded Boston College at noon on Thursday. The women, seeded No. 10, will battle No. 7 seed Wake Forest, also at noon. The Seminoles landed two players on the All-ACC tennis teams Wednesday. FSU freshman Ania Rynarzewska (women) and junior Ytai Abougzir (men), ranked No. 31 in singles and No. 21 in doubles nationally, were both tabbed All-ACC selections. Senior Chris Westerhof, also ranked No. 21 in doubles and a player that has an impressive 28-8 career ACC doubles record, was snubbed from the list.


FSU WOMEN THIS SEASON . . .


The Florida State women enter the tournament with a 9-12 overall record and a 2-9 ACC mark. The Seminoles opened the season winning six of their first seven matches before a foot injury sidelined FSU’s top player, No. 20 Carolin Walter. With the injury, head coach Jennifer Hyde has had to compete with four underclassmen in the lineup.


FSU MEN THIS SEASON . . .


The No. 19 Florida State men’s tennis team enters the tournament with a 15-10 overall record and an 8-3 league mark. The Seminoles finished the regular season tied for second but a three-way tie for first and a loss in the head-to-head competition with North Carolina, forced the Seminoles to receive a No. 5 seed. The top four teams in the conference received a first-round bye. The Seminoles have had a roller-coaster of a season. After starting out the year with a preseason ranking of No. 11, the Seminoles suffered a set back the first week when then-No. 36-ranked Jonathas Sucupira broke his hand. After falling to No. 38 in the pulls midway through the season, FSU has climbed its way back into the Top 25 over the last few weeks and are currently No. 19. The team is paced by No. 31 Ytai Abougzir and No. 105 Sucupira in singles and the Abougzir/Chris Westerhof team. The duo is ranked No. 21 and peaked at No. 20 this season. The team knocked-off the No. 1 team in the nation on March 4.


FSU WOMEN IN THE ACCs . . .


The highest Florida State has finished in the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Tennis Championships was runner-up in 1994. That season, FSU beat N.C. State 5-1 in the second round before ousting Clemson 5-3 to earn a slot against Duke in the championship match. The Seminoles lost 5-0 to eventual conference champion Duke. That team was captained by current Seminole head coach Jennifer Hyde. The Seminoles are currently ranked No. 68; FSU peaked nationally at No. 50 through the first three matches of the season and have remained in the Top 70 all season long. Last year, Florida State advanced to the semi-finals after defeating Virginia in the first round (4-3). The Seminoles eventually fell to No. 6 Georgia Tech, 4-1.


FSU MEN IN THE ACCs . . .


The tournament is important for the Seminoles in more than one way. For a team that is ranked No. 19, a good run at the ACC Championship could almost secure the Seminoles a chance to host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The top-16 teams in the nation host the NCAA Tournament opening rounds. Last season, the ACC Title was so close that the Florida State men’s tennis team could taste it after advancing to the finals. But then the second-ranked Virginia Cavaliers snatched it from their jaws as Virginia won its second-straight ACC title, beating the No. 25 Seminoles 4-1 on Sunday (April 24) at the Cary Tennis Center.


A LOOK AT WAKE FOREST (FSU WOMEN VS. WF, Noon, Today) . . .


The No. 16 Wake Forest women’s tennis team will face No. 65 Florida State, Thursday, April 20 in the first round of the 2006 ACC Championship, as announced Monday by the conference office. The Demon Deacons enter the tournament as the seventh seed, while the Semionles are ranked as the 10th seed. If the Demon Deacons advance to the second round, they will face second seeded Duke on Friday, April 21 at 12 p.m. Georgia Tech earned the top ranking, while Miami earned the third spot. Wake Forest and Florida State met earlier in the season and the Demon Deacons earned their only sweep over an ACC team with a 7-0 victory over the `Noles on March 26. In the victory, Wake Forest won all six singles points and two of the three doubles matches. The Demon Deacons enter the match boasting three nationally ranked singles players and one nationally ranked doubles team. Pegged as the No. 38 player, redshirt sophomore Alex Hirsch has played the entire spring season at the No. 1 flight and has compiled a 13-7 overall mark. Junior Ashlee Davis is ranked as the No. 87 player, while freshman Ana Jerman is tagged at No. 99. In doubles, Hirsch and Davis have played the entire season at the No. 1 doubles flight and are ranked at No. 42.


A LOOK AT BOSTON COLLEGE (FSU MEN VS. BC, Noon, Today) . . .


Florida State defeated Boston College on the Eagles’ home court in late March by a 6-1 score. . . The Seminoles lost at No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles . . . In its opening season in the ACC, Boston College struggled and went 0-11 in league action . . . The Eagles finished with an overall record of 5-18 . . . No one on the team is ranked in the latest ITA College Team Rankings.  If Florida State advances today, the Seminoles will face North Carolina in the next round.

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