April 5, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. –
This weekend brings Florida State men’s tennis team’s (11-7, 3-4 ACC) final home matches of the 2007 dual match season. The Seminoles will host two Atlantic Coast Conference matches beginning on Friday, April 6 as they take on the No. 25 Virginia Tech Hokies (12-6, 3-4 ACC). Seniors Ytai Abougzir (Miami, Fla.) and Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) will compete for a final time at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on Easter Sunday as the Seminoles take on the No. 3 Virginia Cavaliers (18-3, 7-0 ACC) at 1:00 p.m.
Atlantic Coast Conference Standings
Last weekend Florida State men’s tennis slipped in the ACC records after dropping a 5-2 decision to Duke and a close 4-3 loss to the undefeated North Carolina Tar Heels. After the two defeats, the Seminoles currently hold the eighth position in the ACC with a conference record of 3-4. Virginia Tech travels to Tallahassee on Friday with a 3-4 record while the Virginia Cavaliers remain undefeated 7-0 in the ACC record books.
In the Rankings
Florida Sate men’s tennis has continued to move up in the Intercollegiate Tennis Associate poll in the second half of the dual-match season. After dropping two Atlantic Coast Conference matches over spring break, the Seminoles dropped from No. 10, their highest ranking in program history, to No. 31 on March 6. Since then Florida State has consistently moved up in the rankings staying within the top 30 teams to 29, 27, and the latest ranking on April 3 of No. 25 in the nation. On the singles front, senior Abougzir earned a national ranking of 99 with three ranked wins over Stanford’s Richard Wire, Begemmann of Pepperdine and Rice’s Ben Harknett. Freshman Jean-Yves Aubone (Miami, Fla.) remains in the spotlight with a national ranking of 94. Aubone moves in to the top 100 players after defeating Sheeva Parbhu of Notre Dame, Miami’s Daniel Vallverdu and Rice’s Ralph Knupfer.
2007 Florida State Men’s Tennis Rankings:
January 9- No.15
January 30- No. 13
February 6- No. 14
February 13- No.12
February 21- No. 10
February 27- No. 10
March 6- No. 31
March 20- No. 29
March 27- No. 27
April 3- No. 25
On Sunday afternoon, Florida State men’s tennis team and staff will honor seniors and co-captains Ytai Abougzir and Jonathas Sucupira in their final home match at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Abougzir began his career at Florida State in spring 2005 after sitting out one full year in compliance due to NCAA eligibility rules. He ended his sophomore season ranked 24 in the nation with 16-10 and went undefeated in the NCAA tournament with Mat Cloer including wins over Kentucky, Illinois and Florida. Junior year he posted four nationally ranked wins while playing the No. 1 position for the Seminoles. Abougzir was also the first Florida State men’s tennis player in 12 years to be selected for both the singles and doubles competition in the 2006 NCAA Championship since All-American Brian Stanton in 1992. Sucupira finishes his college career after four full years from 2003 to 2007 at Florida State. In 2004 he earned ACC All-Conference honors since Ken McKenzie in 1992 and was the only Seminole to earn ACC Player of the Week honors in the 2004 spring season. After recovering from a shoulder injury his sophomore year, Sucupira teamed up with Sam Chang to win 15 doubles matches ending the season ranked 13 in the mideast region. Sucupira also earned singles and doubles titles at the 2006 ITA Summer Circuit with partner Jason Hood.
A Day At The Country Club
Easter Sunday brings not only ACCtion at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center but also a day at the “Country Club”. Fans are asked to dress the “country club” part as they attend a pot-luck beginning at 11:30 a.m. as well as an Easter egg raffle prior to the men’s tennis match. During intermission, watch the local Greek Community duke it out on court in an exciting mini-tennis match.
Abougzir, Cloer Back Together For Tallahassee Challenger
On Monday evening, Florida State men’s tennis senior Ytai Abougzir and former singlers All-American Mat Cloer took on the first round of the USTA Tallahassee Tennis Challenger on a wildcard entry. The duo defeated Americans Lesley Joseph and Vahid Mirzadeh 7-6, 6-7 (6), 1-0 (7) in the round of 16. On Thursday evening the Florida State team will take on third-seed Americans Scott Lipsky and Sam Warburg at the Forestmeadows Tennis Complex in the semi-finals not before 6:00 p.m.