Senior Marc Abdelnour tallied his 72nd career singles victory with a straight-set win over Furman in the morning match
Jan. 22, 2011
Tallahassee, FL - Florida Atlantic University senior Marc Abdelnour won his record-setting 72nd singles match to help the Owls split a pair of matches on Saturday in the Seminole Classic at Tallahassee, Fla. The team opened the spring season by defeating Furman University, 4-0, before falling 7-0 to No. 27-ranked Florida State University, the tournament's host.
Abdelnour, ranked No. 16 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Southeast region preseason poll, dropped only four games to pick up a straight-set victory (6-1, 6-3) over Furman's Sawyer Duncan at No. 1 singles -- anchoring four straight FAU victories in the morning match. The Syria native broke Doug Devriendt's previous record, and also ranks among the college's all-time leaders in double victories, total triumphs (singles and doubles) and winning percentage.
Later, Abdelnour suffered a hard-fought 6-2, 6-4 loss to FSU's Clint Bowles, the nation's No. 37-ranked singles player in the preseason ITA poll.
Other FAU singles winners against Furman included senior Daniel Vardag, a 6-2, 6-2 winners over the Paladins' Alex Christ at No. 2; senior Ervin Garibovic, who defeated Furman's Andrew Mellow 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3; and newcomer Omar Carrasco, who tallied his first collegiate victory with a 6-1, 6-4 victory at the No. 4 position. Vardag lost a challenging match against the Seminoles' Vahid Mirzadeh 6-2, 7-6 (5) in the afternoon.
FAU will wrap up action in the Seminole Classic on Sunday with a match against No. 42-ranked University of Nebraska, starting at 10 a.m.
Florida Atlantic 4, Furman 0
No. 1 Marc Abdelnour (FAU) def. Sawyer Duncan (FUR) 6-1, 6-3
No. 3 Ervin Garibovic (FAU) def. Andrew Mellow (FUR) 6-4, 6-1
No. 4 Omar Carrasco (FAU) def. Andrei Chvetsov (FUR) 6-1, 6-4
No. 5 Derek Madon (FAU) led Robbie Aru (FUR) 7-5, 3-1
No. 6 Oliver Webb (FAU) led Tyler Droll (FUR) 4-6, 6-4, 2-1
No. 27 Florida State 7, Florida Atlantic 0
No. 1 Clint Bowles (FSU) def. Marc Abdelnour (FAU) 6-2, 6-4
No. 2 Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) def. Dan Vardag (FAU) 6-2, 7-6 (5)
No. 3 Connor Smith (FSU) def. Ervin Garibovic (FAU) 6-4, 6-1
No. 4 Blake Davis (FSU) def. Omar Carrasco (FAU) 6-0, 6-2
No. 5 Anderson Reed (FSU) def. Derek Madon (FAU) 6-2, 6-2
No. 6 Andres Bucaro (FSU) def. Oliver Webb (FAU) 6-2, 6-1
No. 1 Mirzadeh/Smith (FSU) def. Abdelnour/Garibovic (FAU) 8-2
No. 2 Bowles/Davis (FSU) def. Carrasco/Vardag (FAU) 8-2
No. 3 Bucaro/Reed (FSU) def. Webb/Madon (FAU) 8-5