March 25, 2004
What you need to know: Who: #25 Florida State Men's Tennis What: Home Match Versus #48 Wake Forest When: Saturday (March 27), 1 p.m. Where: Tallahassee, Fla. (Scott Speicher Tennis Center)
SEMINOLES DEFEND TOP-25 RANKING FOR FIRST TIME AGAINST DEACONS: The last time the Florida State University men’s tennis team graced the top-25, fifth-year head coach Dwayne Hultquist was still working as an assistant at the University of Texas. All of that changed this week as the Seminoles jumped 16 spots to #25 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s poll. FSU (10-6 overall / 3-1 ACC) will defend its new ranking when it takes on Wake Forest on Saturday (March 27) at 1 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The last time FSU was in the top-25 was 1995 when it ended the year at No. 24.
FSU GOES FOR TWO IN A ROW AGAINST WAKE FOREST: Prior to last season, the No. 48 Demon Deacons (8-6 overall / 1-2 ACC) had taken control of the series, winning four of the last five matches. The Seminoles stopped the bleeding when they beat WFU 4-3 in Winston Salem. Florida State still holds the overall advantage, 10-4, after winning the first nine matches following 1992’s entry into the ACC. Home hasn’t been so sweet for the Tribe as of late with the Deacons taking the last three contests in Tallahassee.
SHOCK AND AWE! FSU UPSETS #4 DUKE: It might be the greatest dual meet triumph in school history and is by far the best in during Dwayne Hultquist’s five-year tenure. What is it? A 4-3 Florida State victory over #4 Duke on Sunday (March 21). The Seminoles won the top four singles matches on their way to upsetting the Blue Devils and ending Duke’s 58-match conference winning streak. The Blue Devils’ run through the ACC began during the 1996 season, which was the last time FSU beat Duke.
TWO RANKED VICTORIES EARNS SUCUPIRA ACC POW HONORS: For the past month, Florida State has known how well freshman Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) has been playing. It’s just now that they’re letting the rest of the country in on the secret. After winning three singles matches, including two over top-30 players, Sucupira was named ACC Player of the Week. On back-to-back days, Sucupira beat #29 Phil Stolt of Illinois 1-6, 6-0, 6-2 and Duke’s #7 Ludovic Walter 6-3, 7-5. As a result, Sucupira entered the ITA rankings at No. 51.
UPSET MOVES CLOER INTO ITA TOP-20 SINGLES RANKINGS: Since the dual match season began in January, Mat Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) has been working his way up the ITA rankings. Following a 6-4, 7-5 triumph against 11th-ranked Phillip King, the 2003 ACC Player of the Year earned the highest ranking of his career when he moved up one spot to No. 19.
SEMINOLES STAY PERFECT VS. NC STATE; DROP CLOSE ONE TO #1 ILLINOIS: FSU posted ACC victories at the start and end of last week by beating North Carolina State 4-3 on Monday. Since joining the ACC in 1992, the Seminoles have never dropped dual match to the Wolfpack with a perfect 13-0 record.
All FSU did for a get ready for Duke was take on defending national champion Illinois. The Seminoles had the nation’s top-ranked team on the ropes before falling 5-2. Along with Jonathas Sucupira’s win, Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa) upset #87 Ryler DeHeart at number three. FSU is just the second school this season to take two of the top three singles matches from UI.