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Florida State Takes On Strong Field At Prestigious Blue Gray Classic

March 9, 2005

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#24 Florida State Men’s Tennis
at Blue Gray Classic
Lagoon Park – Montgomery, Ala.
Florida State (7-4 overall, 1-1 ACC)

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Florida State Takes On Strong Field At Prestigious Blue Gray Classic

As if a non-conference schedule with eight ranked teams — to go along with a league schedule where nine of ten opponents are rated — wasn’t enough, the Florida State University men’s tennis will spend its spring break at the prestigious Blue Gray Classic this weekend. The four day tournament begins Thursday (March 10) at Lagoon Park in Montgomery, Ala.

Upset Of North Carolina Earns FSU No. 24 Spot In ITA Rankings
Having beaten its second Top 25 team in as many weeks, Florida State ascended to the No. 24 spot in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association ranking. It’s the highest ranked the Seminoles have achieved since the end of the 1995 season when they were also 24th. Last year Florida State peaked at No. 25 after upsetting fourth-ranked Duke. The doubles team of Mat Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) and Ytai Abougzir (Boca Raton, Fla.) is No. 42, while Cloer holds the No. 83 spot in singles. Juniors Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga.) and Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa) are No. 60.

Seminoles Face Old Dominion In Opening Match
Across the net from Florida State during the first match of the Blue Gray Classic will be Old Dominion as the two teams face off at 11 a.m. The Monarchs come into the match ranked 64th in the latest ITA rankings. Sporting a 5-6 record, ODU has one ranked singles player and doubles team. Izak van der Merwe is rated 25th in the country while teaming up with Nate Grover to form the No. 47 doubles team. Florida State holds a 5-0 advantage over the Monarchs, but the two teams haven’t met since the Seminoles prevailed 6-1 during the 1998 season.

All 16 Blue Gray Teams Nationally Ranked
This weekend will be great opportunity for the Seminoles to prove their medal as all 16 teams in the Blue Gray Classic are ranked in the latest ITA standings, including four Top 25 teams. Leading the pack is No. 15 Harvard with Notre Dame close behind at No. 18. After playing 64th-ranked Old Dominion, the Seminoles will face either No. 35 Louisville or No. 44 Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

FSU Gets First ACC Win With 4-3 Upset of No. 24 North Carolina
A tiebreaker victory at number three doubles to give the Seminoles the doubles point turned out to be the difference between Florida State and No. 24 North Carolina as the Seminoles prevailed 4-3 on March 6. The win came on the heels of a tough 4-3 loss to No. 59 NC State the day before in which the Wolfpack won four of the six singles matches.

Doubles Duo Of Groslimond & Westerhof Move Up Career Lists
Juniors Jeff Groslimond and Chris Westerhof personally accounted for nine of the Seminoles’ 14 points last week. The No. 60 doubles team swept all three of their matches as well as their singles bouts. The six victories during the week moved Groslimond to ninth in school history for overall wins with 110 (62 doubles & 58 singles). The three doubles victories moved Westerhof to 57 for his career, tying him with Michael Ingham for No. 8 spot on the school’s all-time list. Doubles has been the key for Florida State as it has won ten of the 11 doubles point this year with a record of 27-6 during dual match play. Groslimond & Westerhof lead the way at 14-1 while Mat Cloer and Ytai Abougzir are 8-3.

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