March 10, 2006
TALLAHASSEE – The No. 35-ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (7-7, 0-1 ACC) returns home Sunday after a three-match road trip to face No. 18 Georgia Tech (6-2, 0-2 ACC) at 1 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The match between the schools marks the 53rd time the two teams have met, with the Yellow Jackets leading the series, 27-25. Last season Tech fell twice to the Seminoles, including a 4-2 defeat in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament.
Florida State has struggled in doubles play as of late, failing to clinch the team doubles point in four straight contests. The Seminoles are led by the No. 29-ranked pair of junior Ytai Abougzir and senior Chris Westerhof. The duo has upset two Top 25 doubles teams in as many weeks and are 7-2 versus ranked opponents.
Seminoles Sam Chang and Chris Cloer are on a roll in singles, having won three straight matches at the No. 3 and 6 positions. Chang is the overall statistical leader on the team with an impressive 20-11 overall record and an 8-5 dual-match mark.
Abougzir is ranked No. 103 nationally while freshman Maciek Sykut is No. 109. Sykut lost his first match in over a month on Thursday against Texas A&M’s Mahamed Dakki (6-4, 6-3). Before the match against the Aggies, Sykut claimed six consecutive singles victories.
All matches at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center are free of charge.