Oct. 4, 2003
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. –
On day two of the ITA/Icy Hot All-American Championships, the focus of the Florida State men’s tennis team turned to doubles play. Saturday (October 4), two FSU tandems advanced to the third round of doubles action. Unfortunately the doubles teams are all that remain for the Seminoles as their remaining singles entries were eliminated.
Getting Florida State its first win of the day was the tandem of Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga. / Riverwood) and Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa / Crawford College). The sophomore duo picked up an 8-4 victory over Memphis’ Alex Bucewicz and Marten Tamla. During the afternoon they beat Marko Bundalo and Chad Tsuda of Colorado 8-5. On Sunday they play Diego Iglesis and Moises Serrano of East Tennessee State.
Countrymen Jonathas Sucucpira (Sao Palo, Brazil / Colegio Megga) and Joao Paolo Bounassar (Maringa Parana, Brazil / Colegio Marista) advanced without having to complete their first match. Tennessee-Chattanooga’s Derek Haybittel became ill during the tilt and could not continue, giving the Seminoles the walkover victory. When they did get to play, the rookie tandem beat Marquette’s Hugo Leenders and Elgintas Vedrickas 8-3. Waiting in the wings is the San Diego duo of Nic Beuque and Jeff Das.
“I’m pleased with our doubles play today,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “Jeff and Chris are playing really well and they have a great chance to advance in this tournament. J.P. and Jonathas are really making progress as a doubles team.”
In Florida State’s closest doubles match, junior Chip Webb (Chattanooga, Tenn. / Naples) and senior Joe Bassett (Monticello, Fla. / Aucilla Christen Academy) dropped a tough 8-6 decision to Denny Bryan and Brandon Nicholson of Louisiana State.
Sucupira was one game away from advancing into Sunday’s singles action, but Bryan proved to be too much. After dropping the first set tiebreaker, 9-7, Sucupira came back to win the second set 6-3. The Tigers’ Bryan bounced back to take the third set and the match 6-2. Webb wasn’t fortunate to get to a third set as his run in front of his hometown crowd ended with a 6-1, 6-3 loss to Colorado’s Marek Dvorak.
Sunday’s action at the Champions Club begins with the Groslimond/Westerhof tandem starting at 10 a.m. A half-hour later Sucupira and Bounassar get underway. Junior Mat Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) starts his run in the singles draw on Thursday.
Groslimond/ Westerhof (FSU) d. Bucewicz/Tamla (UM) 8-4
Groslimond/Westerhof (FSU) d. Bundalo/Tsuda (CU) 8-5
Sucupira/Bounassar (FSU) d. Axente/Haybittel (UTC) WO
Sucupira/Bounassar (FSU) Leenders/Vedrikas (MARQ) 8-3
Bryan/Nicholson (LSU) d. Webb/Bassett (FSU) 8-6
Danny Bryan (LSU) d. Jonathas Sucupira (FSU) 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-2
Marek Dvorak (CU) d. Chip Webb (FSU) 7-5, 6-1