Oct. 23, 2003
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –
During the first two days of the Omni Hotels / ITA Mideast Regional, the Florida State University men’s tennis team has learned to take the good with the bad. The Seminoles have been winning their first matches of the day, but dropping the afternoon contests. That held true as FSU had its doubles teams record victories before being eliminated on Thursday (October 23) at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center on the North Carolina campus.
Needing a victory to get into the main doubles draw, the tandem of Mat Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) and Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil / Colegio Megga) dispatched North Carolina’s Jonathan Janda and Brad Pomery. Once in the main bracket, the Seminole duo sent home the number ten seed, Clayton Almeida and Michael Kwiecien of Winthrop, 9-8, winning the tiebreaker 8-6. Unfortunately the doubles run ended with an 8-6 loss to Wake Forest’s Brett Ross and Derrick Spice, the number 50 team in the country and the seventh seed.
Automatic qualifiers to the main draw with their number nine seeding, the sophomore tandem of Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga / Riverwood) and Chris Westehof (Durban, South Africa / Crawford College) didn’t have to pick up a racket to advance to the second round. Their opponent, Oscar Posada and Alejandro Salazar of East Tennessee State, defaulted as no-shows. Not playing a match may have affected the pair as they dropped an 8-4 decision to eight-seeded, and No. 28 in the country, Marko Rajevac and Scott Schnugg of Georgia Tech.
The Seminoles’ day started with Westerhof and Joao Paolo Bounassar (Maringa Parana, Brazil / Colegio Marista) winning their first singles matches. Westerhof took down the Tar Heels’ Ben Aiken, 7-6, 6-4, while Bounassar sent home Tech’s Trevor McLeod, 6-3, 6-4. Both fell one win short of main draw as Westerhof lost 7-6, 6-4, to Winthrop’s Kwiecien and Steve Ward of William & Mary beat Bounassar 6-1, 6-1.
By virtue of automatic bids, FSU has a pair of players in Friday’s singles draw. Cloer begins his run as the top seed when he takes on Jerome Kirkland of North Carolina A&T at 8 a.m. Chip Webb (Chattanooga, Tenn. / Naples) plays his first match of the tournament at 10:30 a.m. against ETSU’s Fernando Fiuri.
Florida State’s pair of singles entries ties it with three other league schools-Georgia Tech, Clemson and Virginia-for the most in the draw. William and Mary leads all schools with three players.
As a squad, the Seminoles came out plus one game against Atlantic Coast Conference competition. Two of the three victories were in singles play, while both losses came in the doubles bracket against nationally-ranked teams. The next potential match up with a conference foe would come for Webb. If he wins his first round match he would face either Schnugg from Tech or Virginia’s Marko Miklo
Box Score Singles Chris Westerhof (FSU) d. Ben Aiken (UNC) 7-6, 6-4 Michael Kwiecien (WIN) d. Chris Westerhof (FSU) 7-6, 6-4 Joao Paolo Bounassar (FSU) d. Trevor McLeod (GT) 6-3, 6-4 Steve Ward (W&M) d. Joao Paolo Bounassar (FSU) 6-1, 6-1
Doubles Cloer/Sucupira (FSU) d. Janda/Pomeroy (UNC) 8-6 Cloer/Sucupira (FSU) d. No. 10 Almeida/Kwiecien (WIN) 9-8 (6) No. 7 Ross/Spice (WFU) d. Cloer/Sucupira (FSU) 8-6 No. 9 Groslimond/Westerhof (FSU) d. Posada/Salazar (ETSU) DEF No. 8 Rajevac/Schnugg (GT) d. No. 9 Groslimond/Westerhof (FSU) 8-4