Feb. 24, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - All eyes will be set on doubles court No. 1 Saturday as Florida State men's tennis senior Chris Westerhof looks to establish a new Seminole record and permanently ink his name among the program's all-time great players.
Westerhof, a native of Durban, South Africa, is currently tied for first place in FSU history with 79 career doubles wins along with former Seminole sensations Jason White and Ken McKenzie. It has been at least 10 years since McKenzie and White set the record and on Saturday Westerhof, along with his doubles partner Ytai Abougzir, will look to log his 80th career doubles victory against Alabama.
"Obviously this is a great honor and something to be proud of," Westerhof said. "But my focus is more on my team rather than individual accomplishments. When I leave Florida State I think the memories from last season when our team went to the Elite Eight is something I'm more proud of than the individual honors."
While Westerhof takes a level-headed approach to his future record, his head coach Dwayne Hultquist thinks otherwise about the 6-foot-1 standout.
"Chris has played at No. 1 the last three years" Hultquist said, "and he has always had a great record every season. I think he set a new mark last year with a 27-7 record and the year before that he had 26 wins. He is back this season playing really well with a new doubles partner. So, I'm not the least bit surprised he'll become the doubles leader...he is a competitor and very successful."
Westerhof and his former partner Jeff Groslimond hold the top two places in the all-time record book for tandem single seasons wins. They had 27 victories in 2005 for first place and their 26-10 record during the 2004 campaign holds the second spot. As rookies, Westerhof and Groslimond won 16 of their first 20 matches and finished the season with 18 wins. This year, Westerhof has eight victories with Abougzir and one win with sophomore Sam Chang for a career total of 79.
No. 34 Florida State (4-5, 0-1 ACC) will host No. 51 Alabama (3-2) on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Scott Speicher Tennis Center beginning at 1pm. All matches are free of charge.
1.Ken McKenzie, 1991-95 79
Jason White, 1992-96 79
Chris Westerhof, 2002-pres. 79
4. Brian Stanton, 1992-95 78
5. Ty Braswell, 1995-99 74