Feb. 3, 2006
THIS WEEK: After a rough 1-2 start, the No. 22 Florida State men’s tennis team will look to redeem itself this weekend as No. 53 Penn, No. 75 Nebraska, and Furman visit Tallahassee for a quad meet. Each of the contests will count as a dual match for the participating schools. After this weekend, the Seminoles will visit No. 2 Florida on Feb. 11 at 1pm.
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 was the highest ever for the program. In the latest poll released Jan. 31, the Seminoles dropped 11 spots to No. 22. 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 from his injury.
A LOOK AT THE OPPONENT: Penn enters the match ranked No. 49 and holds a 1-0 record with a win versus the University of Maryland – Baltimore County. Furman is 0-2 with losses to two ranked teams (No. 2 Florida, No. 59 Alabama). Nebraska, ranked No. 75, has yet to compete in a dual match this season.
VETERANS LEAD IN SINGLES: Senior Chris Westerhof and sophomore Sam Chang each have two singles win under their belt to start the season. They are the only two Seminoles to own a positive singles record.
PLAYERS NEARING RECORDS: Florida State senior Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa) currently ranks seventh in school history with 74 doubles wins and needs six victories to break the FSU career record (79) held by Ken McKenzie and Jason White. Also, he has 128 career overall wins (singles, doubles victories) which puts him in ninth place all-time and he needs three more wins to pass former Seminole Jeff Groslimond’s 130 for eighth place. Furthermore, Florida State head coach Dwayne Hultquist needs 18 wins this season to become the school’s third all-time leading coach by wins.