Feb. 19, 2006
SEATTLE – The Florida State men’s tennis team (4-5) completed the 2006 USTA-ITA National Team Indoor Championships with a 1-2 record after falling to No. 8 Baylor (4-3), 4-0, in the second round of consolation play Sunday morning at the Seattle Tennis Club.
Florida State, a team that made its inaugural appearance at the national indoors this week, played without two of its top players, junior Jonathas Sucupira (ranked No. 36) and junior Ytai Abougzir (ranked No. 72). Nonetheless, the Seminoles gave a strong showing according to FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist.
“Overall we did a good job of competing this week. We were pretty shorthanded with Jon and Ytai being out. I thought we competed well considering Pepperdine and Baylor are among the top-5 teams in the country. In order to have beat them we would have needed all of our guys. We played really hard three days in a row and this week will only better prepare us for ACC and NCAA play.”
Baylor took an early lead when Matija Zgaga and David Galic shutdown Bailey and freshman Maciek Sykut 8-5 in the No. 1 doubles slot. At doubles No. 3, Chang and freshman Chris Cloer fell short to Matt Brown and Will Ward, 8-1.
Baylor won three straight singles matches at Nos. 2, 4 and 6. An ill Chris Westerhof dropped a 6-1, 6-1 decision to the top-ranked player in the country, Lars Poerschke, at No. 2 singles. Junior Jason Hood lost 6-2, 6-2 to Jon Reckeney at No. 5 and Cloer fell 6-0, 6-2 to Ward at the No. 3 position.
“I thought we played hard,” said Hultquist, who had three freshmen in the lineup. “We did a good job today against Baylor. Sam and Bailey were competing great. That was probably the best I have seen Drew and Sam play all season. I thought the both of them did really excellent today.”
Florida State will have six days off before it returns to the friendly confines of Scott Speicher Tennis Center to face Alabama on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 1pm.