Oct. 6, 2003
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. –
While a pair of Florida State University men’s tennis players continue their way towards the main draw of the ITA/Icy Hot All-American Championships, another Seminole is set to begin his run. The doubles tandem of Jeff Groslimond and Chris Westerhof play their first match of the qualifier bracket on Tuesday (October 7) at 11:30 a.m. and two days later Mat Cloer takes on his first opponent in the main draw.
The Seminoles’ first-round opponent will be fellow pre-qualifiers Miha Lisac and Jaime Rodriguez from Georgia State. A victory would set up a potential meeting with sixth-seeded and No. 42 in the country, Scott Green and Ross Wilson from Ohio State.
On Sunday, the sophomore duo won a pair of matches to secure one of the eight spots in Tuesday’s qualifier. Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga. / Riverwood) and Westerhof (Durban, South Africa / Crawford College) battled back from being down 6-4 to beat Denver’s Nejc Smole and Viktor Zetterholm 9-8 in a tiebreaker.
So far this season Groslimond and Westerhof are unbeaten in doubles. They started the year with a trio of wins at the Seminole Fall Classic before picking four more last weekend. At 7-0, the tandem is almost halfway to its 17-16 total from 2002-03.
“Jeff and Chris have good chemistry and know what the other is going to do,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “They had a real good record as freshmen, playing at number three, but now they want to prove it on a national level. We felt that they should have already been in the qualifier or the main draw, but they had to win four matches to prove it.”
With the fall season in full swing, most of the Seminoles have had a chance to get a couple of matches under their belt, but for Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) Thursday will be his first collegiate match of the year. By virtue of his No. 22 ranking to start the year, the junior did not have to play in any of qualifying rounds. Cloer will not know his opponent until Wednesday once players from the qualifier have filled the eight remaining spots.
Last season Cloer became the first player in school history to be named ACC Player of the Year. He posted a 29-12 record, the fourth highest single-season total in school history, while earning a spot in the NCAA singles championship. During the summer he advanced to the semifinals of the Ursula Beck Men’s Pro Tennis Classic on the USTA’s FUTURES tour.
“I think that Mat is one of the better players in all of collegiate tennis, Hultquist added. “We’d like to see him make a run at the title this week.”
Following action at the ITA All-American, the Seminoles will wrap up the fall season in Chapel Hill, N.C. at the Omni Hotels/ITA Mideast Championships, October 23-27.