March 9, 2007 - by
Florida State Drops 4-3 Decision To Pepperdine

March 9, 2007

MALIBU, Calif. –
The No. 31 Seminoles ended their spring break trip with a loss Friday afternoon to defending national champions No. 24 Pepperdine at the Ralph-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, California. Pepperdine improve their record to 9-6 while Florida State slips to 8-5 for the season and 1-2 in the ACC.

Florida State fell short of a doubles point as Beidas and Lemke of Pepperdine overcame junior Sam Chang (Young-Ming, Taiwan) and sophomore Chris Cloer (Brevard, NC) on court three 8-2 . Earning the only doubles victory were senior Ytai Abougzir (Boca Raton, Fla.) and sophomore Maciek Sykut (Marathon, Fla.) on court one defeated the Waves’ Begemann and Kamel 8-6 while Pepperdine clinched the doubles victory in position two with freshmen duo Bradley Mixson (Miami, Fla.) and Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) fell in a tight match to No. 47 Johnson and Altmann (Pep) 9-8 (6).

“I think we kind of have to improve our doubles up,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “I was real pleased with Maciek (Sykut) and Ytai (Abougzir) winning at number one doubles and they beat a really good team at Pepperdine. So you know I want to get to the point where we’re winning 70 percent of doubles matches. You know we were hurting a little bit today because Jonathas (Sucupira) did not play because of the injured quad but Brad played very well he went in there and you know in many ways you could kind of consider us really having seven starters.”

Singles competition continued in Pepperdine’s favor as position three’s Lemke defeated Sykut 6-3, 6-3 while Mixson came back to win a third set victory over the Waves’ Kamel 7-6, 1-6, 6-2. On court five Cloer fell short to Pepperdine’s Altman 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 as Aubone captured a win defeating Beidas (Pep) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. Clinching the match victory for Pepperdine was Johnson in position four as he downed Chang 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 as court one finished Abougzir winning a ranked win over No. 24 Begemann (Pep) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2.

“I thought all of our guys played pretty hard. I thought it was a very evenly played match,” coach Hultquist said. “Ytai won in the third which is a good win for him over the number twenty-four guy in the country. I thought the California trip was really good for Ytai. He won over two ranked players and he also won his doubles today so I think that overall this trip has been good for him with some good wins.”

Out of the past four matches, Friday’s match is the third close loss the Seminoles have encountered.

“I thought it was very similar to Georgia Tech, you know very close and could have gone either way,” coach Hultquist continued. “I think there are some things we have to do a little bit better and that’s kind of what we’ll work on when we get back.”

Florida State men’s tennis returns to the Scott Speicher Tennis Center in Tallahassee, Fla. to take on No. 17 Rice on March 16 at 12:00 p.m.

1. Abougzir/Sykut (FSU) def. Begemann/Kamel (Pep) 8-6
2. Johnson/Altmann (Pep) def. Aubone/Mixson (FSU) 9-8 (6)
3. Beidas/Lemke (Pep) def. Cloer/Chang (FSU) 8-2
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2*

1. Ytai Abougzir (FSU) def. Andre Begemann (Pep) 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
2. Jean-Yves Aubone (FSU) def. Bassam Beidas (Pep) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
3. James Lemke (Pep) def. Maciek Sykut (FSU) 6-3, 6-3
4. Richard Johnson (Pep) def. Sam Chang(FSU) 7-6, 3-6, 6-3
5. Omar Altman (Pep) def. Chris Cloer (FSU) 2-6, 7-5, 6-4
6. Bradley Mixson (FSU) def. Mahmoud Kamel (Pep) 7-6, 1-6, 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 6, 5, 2, 4*, 1

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