October 7, 2005 - by
Two Seminoles Stay Alive At All-American Tennis Championships

Oct. 7, 2005

TULSA, Okla.Two Seminoles advanced to the consolation round of 16 of the Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Championships at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center Thursday evening. Junior Ytai Abougzir and sophomore Sam Chang will compete Friday, facing Duke’s Jonathan Stokke and Michigan‘s Ryan Heller. 

Chang, who reached the main draw by winning three matches in the qualifying draw earlier in the week, defeated LSU’s Mark Grocott, 6-4, 7-6(8) in the first round of the consolation draw.

 Two other Seminoles were in the main draw, but lost in the first round and then in the consolation draw.  Junior Jonathas Sucupira fell to Marek Valicka of Oklahoma, 6-1, 2-6, 6-1, and freshman Maciek Sykut came up short to Duke’s Joey Atas, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. 

Despite rushing through the qualifying round with two victories, the doubles tandem of Sykut and freshman Andrew Bailey saw their main draw run come to an end with an 8-5 loss to Georgia’s Colin Purcell and Strahinja Bobusic.

The Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Tennis Championships offer the first national singles and doubles titles of the 2005-06 collegiate tennis season. They are followed by the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in Columbus, Ohio, in November and the third event is the season-ending NCAA Championships at Stanford in May.


·         Florida State was second behind Virginia with the most number of players competing in the main draw (4).  The Cavaliers had five athletes in the main draw of singles action this week.

·         Florida State freshman Maciek Sykut and Stanford’s Matt Bruch were the lone freshmen to advance to the main draw. 

·         Players battled the cold all day – temperatures hovered around 50 degrees most of the day.





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