February 9, 2006 - by
No. 22 Men’s Tennis Squares Off With Top-Ranked Florida Saturday

Feb. 9, 2006


The 22nd-ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (3-3, 0-1 ACC) will look for its first upset of the season Saturday when the Seminoles travel to Gainesville to face top-ranked and undefeated Florida (6-0) at 1pm.  At the conclusion of the match, both FSU and UF will take a week break from dual competition in order to travel to the 2006 ITA National Team Indoors Jan. 17-20 in Seattle.  The Seminoles are still without their top-ranked singles player, Jonathas Sucupira (ranked No. 36), who has missed the entire spring season with a hand fracture.  He is expected to possibly return after the national indoor tournament. 



After a preseason ranking of No. 11, the Florida State men’s tennis squad has dipped 11 spots in the polls during the last two weeks.  The Seminoles have four singles players ranked: Jonathas Sucupira (No. 36), sophomore Sam Chang (No. 49), freshman Maciek Sykut (No. 68) and junior Ytai Abougzir (No. 72).  The freshman duo of Sykut and Drew Bailey are ranked No. 63 as a pair and they compete at the No. 2 doubles spot.



The Seminoles are led statistically by sophomore Sam Chang who sports a 16-8 overall record and a 4-2 dual mark.  Senior Chris Westerhof is also 4-2 in dual competition which brings his season total to 9-5 in singles.  At the No. 1 singles position, junior Ytai Abougzir has a respectable 3-1 record and is 3-2 overall (dual).  In doubles action, the Andrew Bailey and Maciek Sykut duo owns a 4-1 record which brings their season total to 12-6.  



Thanks to a perfect 6-0 record, the Florida men’s tennis team comes into the match as the top-ranked team in the nation.  The Gators have defeated UCF, Furman, Baylor, Miami and USF.  The Gators and Seminoles have two common opponents: Miami and Furman.  FSU was swept by the Hurricanes (7-0) while UF defeated the Gators 5-2.  Both schools upended Furman 7-0.



The last meeting between the two schools was on May 22, 2005, in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Championship. The Gators prevailed 4-0. 



After the ITA National Indoors next week (Feb. 17-20) the Seminoles return home on Feb. 25 to face Alabama at Scott Speicher Tennis Center. 







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