Feb. 26, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
What you need to know: Who: #39 Florida State Men's Tennis What: Home Matches With #46 Michigan & Furman When: Friday (February 27), 5 p.m. & Saturday (February 28), 3 p.m. Where: Tallahassee, Fla. (Scott Speicher Tennis Center)
SEMINOLE TRY TO GET BACK ON WINNING TRACK AT HOME: Dodging no one, the Florida State University men’s tennis team continues its tough non-conference slate this weekend when it returns home for a pair of matches. Taking on their fifth ranked opponent in a row, the Tribe plays host to #44 Michigan on Friday (Feb. 27) at 5 p.m. FSU returns to the Scott Speicher Tennis Center the following day at 3 p.m. to take on Furman.
FSU TRIES TO MAKE IT TWO IN A ROW AGAINST THE WOLVERINES: Last season Florida State did something it had never done against Michigan: win. The Seminoles won their fourth match in a row to start the 2003 campaign with a 6-1 triumph over the Wolverines. Up until then, Michigan had taken the first four meetings, dating back to 1952. The Wolverines are one of two Big Ten Conference teams on FSU’s schedule this year. Defending NCAA Champion and nationally-ranked number one Illinois comes to town on March 20. Overall, the Seminoles are 26-20 verus the Big Ten.
SEMINOLES LOOK TO CONTINUE DOMINANCE OVER FURMAN: To put into prospective how dominate Florida State has been over Furman, the last time that the Paladins beat the Seminoles, FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist was just starting his coaching career with the United States Tennis Association. Furman has not beaten Florida State since 1989, a streak of 14-straight wins by the Seminoles. The Tribe holds a 26-4 advantage in the all-time series.
TEXAS TWO STEP IS A PAIR OF LOSSES TO #23 RICE AND #13 TCU:
Returning to the state where he got his first full-time coaching position, net boss Dwayne Hultquist and the Seminoles didn’t receive a warm Texas welcome. Florida State dropped a 4-2 decision to 23rd-ranked Rice on February 20. Two days later, the rubber match went against the Tribe as #13 TCU prevailed 4-3.
CLOER TIES BRASWELL FOR EIGHTH ON CAREER SINGLES CHART: Even though he’s only in his third year, Mat Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) is quickly climbing the FSU career charts. With his victory over No. 44 Alex Menichini of TCU, the junior moved into a tie with current assistant Ty Braswell for eighth-place all-time with 73 singles victories. Cloer needs one more to equal Joey Rive in seventh, while sitting two doubles victories away from the school record of 53. A sweep of the four matches this weekend would push him past Alex Rucker for seventh on the combined wins list at 126.
WESTERHOF IS ROCK SOLID IN THE LONE STAR STATE: Last weekend, only one Seminole managed to win both of his singles matches. Playing at No. 5, sophomore Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa) collected wins over Rice’s Ben Harknett (6-1, 7-5) and TCU’s Jacob Martin (3-6, 6-3, 6-2).
STREAKS END FOR OWEN & SUCUPIRA: Each match in Texas saw a losing streak come to an end for FSU. Against Rice, Jarrod Owen (Vero Beach, Fla.) stopped his four-match slide with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Jason Mok. The next day, Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) halted his three-game streak by beating Jacopo Tezza of TCU 7-6, 6-4.