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OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT PAGE
Feb. 16, 2006
News and Notes
After a flight that lasted over five hours, the Florida State men’s tennis team arrived in Seattle late Wednesday evening. The Seminoles recognized friendly faces on the plane as players from Georgia and Florida traveled on the exact flight.
Upon arrival in Seattle, the team immediately went to the Nordstrom Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Washington and ran through a light practice before heading to bed. Junior Ytai Abougzir did not practice thanks to a high fever. After a day of rest, he was back on the court with his team Thursday.
The Seminoles rose early for a 7 a.m. breakfast Thursday and sat alongside their opponents for Friday’s match–the Pepperdine Waves.
With temperatures hovering in the low-20s, the team arrived at the Nordstrom Tennis Center, an indoor facility, at 8 a.m. Thursday for another light practice. Sixteen of the nation’s top teams are attending the USTA/ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championships and the tournament runs Feb. 17-20.
Florida State and Georgia are set to scrimmage against one another in doubles Thursday afternoon. It’s a good thing the players have somewhere to practice indoors as local forecasters expect the Seattle windchill to dip below zero degrees this afternoon.
All 16 teams and representatives from the NCAA and ITA will gather Thursday night for an elegant banquet that will celebrate the teams’ achievements.
The Florida State men’s tennis team is set to take on No. 4 Pepperdine on Friday at 11:00 a.m. (ET). Junior Jonathas Sucupira, ranked No. 36 in the country, is on the roster but is listed as day-to-day. Sucupira suffered a hand fracture nearly four weeks ago.
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