June 9, 2011
Boca Raton, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University men's tennis team finished the 2011 season ranked 10th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Southeast Region ranking. This marks the third consecutive season that the Owls have been recognized among the top teams in the region.
FAU compiled a 12-10 record and advanced to the semifinals in the Sun Belt Conference tournament for the third straight season.
"We play in one of the most demanding regions in the country, with perennial national championship contenders," said Brandon Stokes, FAU's head men's tennis coach. "Our players should feel a great sense of accomplishment to end the season with this national acknowledgment. The seniors led us to great success during the past three years. Now, our focus has turned to getting our new recruits acclimated to the college game so that we can continue our success and improve it in the future."
Abdelnour ended the season as the 13th ranked singles player in the Southeast. The Aleppo, Syria native posted a 26-7 mark, featuring a 17-4 record in No. 1 singles matches. He holds school records for career doubles, singles and total victories. Abdelnour earned All-Sun Belt Conference honors three times during his career and won a Davis Cup match for his native country of Syria earlier this spring. He teamed with Garibovic to earn conference honors and a No. 10 region ranking after posting a 16-8 record for the season.
"Marc ends a stellar collegiate career with his singles ranking and, most importantly, the top-10 doubles ranking," said Stokes. "He improved his doubles play every year. This is a testament to his willingness to improve. He is going to do well on the professional tour."
Regarding Garibovic, Stokes stated: "The regional doubles ranking is a terrific honor for Ervin, who anchored our No. 1 doubles team from the deuce-side returns, quality serves and strong volleys. It was fun to watch him, team with Marc throughout this season."