Jan. 10, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. –
After advancing to the second round of the NCAA Championship in May 2006, Florida State men’s tennis earned a No. 15 ranking by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association/FILA preseason poll, released on Tuesday, January 9th.
“I think you always want to be regarded by the other coaches as one of the best teams in the country so the top 15 is good,” Florida State head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “We were hoping to be a couple spots more to make the National Indoors but this is the second highest we’ve ever been going into the season and hopefully we’ll build on that and continue to move up.”
Also earning recognition is the newly formed doubles team including senior, Ytai Abougzir (Boca Raton, Fla.) and sophomore partner, Maciek Sykut (Marathon, Fla.) with a ranking of 36. Abougzir is no stranger to impressive doubles rankings after finishing the 2006 season with former partner, Chris Westerhof with a final No. 12 ranking an overall record of 17-8.
Sophomore, Maciek Sykut (Marathon, Fla.) received individual recognition clenching the No. 76 ranking in the ITA/FILA singles poll. Sykut raised attention at the 2006 NCAA Tournament being one of only two singles matches to defeat Ole Miss in the second round of NCAA Play.
Florida State past team preseason rankings:
2004 – No. 32
2005 – No. 41
2006 – No. 11
The Seminoles arrived at the NCAA Tournament making it their fourth consecutive appearance in 2006. It is the longest run of consecutive tournament appearances for Florida State since they had five in a row from 1994-1999. Florida State advanced through the first round defeating Auburn 4-2 then later defeated by Ole Miss 2-4 in the 2nd round. To cap off his seventh season at Florida State, head coach Dwayne Hultquist earned his 100th career victory after defeating the Tigers in round one of the NCAA Regionals.
Men’s tennis open their spring season at the Naples Invitational this weekend. The tournament includes schools from Illinois, Middle Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Portland.
“Going into this weekend, we’ll have the opportunity to get some ranked wins down in Naples,” Coach Hultquist said. “I think our guys are ready to play matches and this will be an opportunity to play against Illinois, Middle Tennessee and Georgia Tech so our guys can get sharp and ready for this year.”
Play is scheduled to begin at 9:30a.m. on Friday morning.