Jan. 18, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Now that all the invitationals and tournaments are out of the way, it’s time for the Florida State University men’s tennis team to start the dual match portion of its spring schedule. The Seminoles will look to improve their No. 32 ranking on Monday (January 19) when they take on Stetson at 1 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
Throughout the fall campaign and the early portion of the spring, Florida State has gotten a good contribution from a mixture of veterans and new players. The Seminoles warmed up for the Hatters with a trip to the Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Championships.
Taking care of Stetson would mean remaining unbeaten against the Hatters. Florida State is a perfect 11-0 against the squad from DeLand. The two teams have not met since the 2002 when they completed a string of four matches in a five year span.
Once again Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) will be key to Florida State’s victory. Ranked 29th in the country, he will look to build off a quarterfinals run at the ACC Indoors. The junior did not play very much during the fall season and will quickly look to get back into form that earned him ACC Player of the Year honors in 2003.
Monday will also be the first time that the doubles tandem of Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga.) and Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa) takes the court after earning its top 20 ranking. The duo is rated 15th by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Groslimond and Westerhof ran off ten-straight victories to begin the year, including seven during the ITA All-American.
Two newcomers have come along to bolster the Seminoles line-up. Brazilian junior tennis rivals turned teammates Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Joao Paolo Bounassar (Maringa Parana, Brazil) played well during the fall and are ready for their first collegiate dual matches. Sucupira picked an early victory when he won his first round match at the ACC Indoors.
A trio of familiar faces are going to be key for Florida State. Junior Chip Webb (Chattanooga, Tenn.) played well at the Seminole Fall Classic and the ITA All-American in his hometown and he wants to continue his play this spring. Seniors Jarrod Owen (Vero Beach, Fla.) and Joe Bassett (Monticello, Fla.) begin their final spring season and want to help the Seminoles go out on top.
Following Monday’s match, Florida State doesn’t waste any time getting back into action as it takes on No. 42 San Diego on Thursday at 4 p.m.