May 5, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State junior Ytai Abougzir logged the biggest accomplishment of his career today as the junior native of Boca Raton, Fla., became the first Seminole in 12 years to be selected to participate in the singles and doubles competition of the 2006 NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championships.
Abougzir is ranked No. 36 nationally in singles and he and classmate Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa) make up the No. 11-ranked duo in the nation. The dynamic pair has an impressive 20-8 record this season, with a win over the top-team in the nation.
FSU All-American Brian Stanton was the last FSU player to qualify for both singles and doubles during the 1994 season.
The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 24-29 at the Taube Tennis Center in Stanford, California, following the conclusion of the team championship (May 20-23).
Abougzir is an at-large selection in singles as well as in double with Westerhof.
The selection of teams and individuals for the NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championships is based on the prescribed criteria listed in the championships handbook and approved by the Division I Championships/Competition Cabinet.
Automatic qualification into the Division I singles championships was awarded to any conference with one or more singles players ranked in the ITA Top 125 for singles. For conferences with more than one singles player within the ITA Top 125, the subcommittee applied the NCAA selection criteria to determine which student-athlete is the automatic qualifier from those conferences.
Automatic qualification into the Division I doubles championships was awarded to any conference with one or more doubles teams ranked in the ITA Top 60 for doubles. For conferences with more than one doubles team within the ITA Top 60, the subcommittee applied the NCAA selection criteria to determine which doubles team is the automatic qualifier from those conferences.