March 24, 2006
Florida State This Week:
Led by back-to-back Atlantic Coast Conference “Performers of the Week,” Ytai Abougzir and Sam Chang, the Florida State men’s tennis team is back in action Friday against No. 68 Maryland (3pm) and Sunday (9 a.m.) versus Boston College. The Seminoles enter the first match with a 9-8 overall record and a 2-1 league mark. Florida State‘s last three matches have been against top-20 teams and the Seminoles walked away victorious in two of the contests. FSU defeated then-No. 18 Georgia Tech and then took care of No. 5 Clemson last Saturday (March 18). If the weather is above 50 degrees on the day of a match, ACC matches are played indoors. As of press time, the Seminoles will face the Terrapins at an indoor facility, an unfamiliar territory for the Tribe.
Abougzir Named ACC Performer of the Week:
Florida State junior Ytai Abougzir went 2-0 in singles play and helped the Seminoles to a win over a top-5 team last week, earning Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Tennis Performer of the Week accolades. This marks the second straight week the Seminoles took home ACC “Performer of the Week” honors as sophomore Sam Chang won last week.
Abougzir, ranked No. 65 in singles play, earned a pair of singles upsets on the week. In Florida State‘s narrow, 4-3 loss to No. 20 Notre Dame, Abougzir did his part with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over No. 13 Stephen Bass at No. 1 singles. He and Chris Westerhof, who form the No. 37 doubles tandem in the country, also downed Ryan Keckley and Sheeva Parbhu at No. 1 doubles, 8-5, to clinch the point.
In a 4-3 win over No. 5 Clemson on Saturday, Abougzir topped No. 81 Sander Koning, 6-3, 7-5 at No. 1 singles as Florida State snapped the Tigers’ 13-match win streak.
Fila-ITA National Rankings:
After defeating two top-20 teams in as many weeks, the Florida State men’s tennis team is back in Top 25 of the Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced this week.
Duke (No. 4), Virginia (No. 11), Clemson (No. 11), North Carolina (No. 12), and Miami (No. 14) are the other schools from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) ranked in the Top 25.
Florida State is led by junior Ytai Abougzir, ranked No. 65 in the country in singles. After going 2-0 in singles play last week, Abougzir was named ACC “Performer of the Week” on Monday. In doubles action, Abougzir and senior Chris Westerhof are ranked No. 37 as a pair.
The Seminoles will travel to the University of Maryland on Friday, March 24, for a 3pm tilt with the No. 68-ranked Terrapins.
A Look At Maryland:
The Terps enter the match with an 8-2 record on the season and an even 1-1 league mark. Neither the Seminoles nor Terps have played common opponents. Competing at the top singles spot for Maryland is No. 93 Nickolai Nielsen who is 11-5 this season. In doubles action, Abougzir and Westerhof will look for an upset over Maryland‘s No. 35-ranked pair of Scott Fink and Andy Orban.
A Look At Boston College:
For the first time in Atlantic Coast Conference history, Florida State and Boston College will compete in league play. The Eagles are 5-10 overall and 0-3 in league matches. FSU and BC have not had any common opponents thus far in the season.