April 14, 2005
#22 Florida State Men’s Tennis (15-6 overall, 6-2 ACC)
vs. Miami (11-9, 2-7) Friday, April 15, 5 p.m.
Scott Speicher Tennis Center – Tallahassee, Fla.
Florida State Wraps Up Regular Season On Tax Day
It seems like only yesterday that the Florida State University men’s tennis team was starting the regular season in Hawai’i. Three months and 21 matches later, the No. 22 Seminoles conclude the 2005 regular season when they play host to instate rival Miami on Friday, April 15, at 5 pm.
Pair Of Seniors Take The Court For Final Time
Unless Florida State moves into the top 16 in the ITA rankings and hosts the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, Friday’s match will be the final time that seniors Mat Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) and Chip Webb (Chattanooga, Tenn.) compete at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The two, along with senior support staff, will be recognized before the 5 p.m. match.
Promotions Planned For Final Match Of The Season
Along with seeing the senior’s final home match, fans in attendance Friday will have an opportunity to win prizes and compete in a serving contest. Among the prizes up for grabs in the Spring Weekend raffle is a football autographed by Bobby Bowden. In between the singles and doubles matches, one fan will be randomly selected to compete against assistant football coach John Lilly in a serving contest.
In-State Rivalry Becomes Conference Match-Up
After 53 years of playing each other as just instate foes, Florida State and Miami will meet on Friday for the first time as members of the same conference. The Hurricanes have dominated the Seminoles like no other team, winning 43 of the 51 contests. Florida State did win last year’s meeting 4-3 and head coach Dwayne Hultquist has a 2-2 mark against the U. A change in conference for either team has not be favorable for the Seminoles. In 1976 when they joined the Metro Conference, Miami won that tilt 9-0. The Hurricanes’ entry in the Big East proceeded a 6-3 loss in 1991 and the following year when the Seminoles joined the ACC, Miami beat them 5-2.
Getting Off To A Good Start
The only duo enjoying a better year than FSU doubles might be the Olson Twins. The Seminoles have won the doubles point in 20 of 21 matches, the highest winning percentage (.925) in the country. Florida State is one of only two schools in the nation (Baylor), to have a pair of active ranked doubles teams in the top 50 with No. 32 Mat Cloer and Ytai Abougzir (Boca Raton, Fla.) and No. 44 Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga.) and Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa).
Westerhof is one doubles win short of tying Joey Rive for seventh on the career list with 68 wins, while Groslimond is tied with Yvo Niks in fifth place at 70 triumphs. Cloer is two wins from matching Brian Stanton for fourth on the singles list at 82 and three from equaling former assistant Ty Braswell for fifth on combined wins at 147.
Home Has Been Sweet For Seminoles
Since joining the ACC in 1992, Florida State has won at least eight home matches, including this season after the 5-2 triumph over Georgia Tech on Sunday. FSU’s home record is 8-1 on the year and a win over Miami would give this year’s edition the second-highest winning percentage since joining the league. The 1993 squad posted a 12-1 mark at home for a .923 winning percentage.