March 22, 2005
NO. 27 FLORIDA STATE MEN’S TENNIS (10-5 OVERALL, 1-1 ACC) VS. MARYLAND (8-6, 0-5 ACC) / WEDNESDAY (MARCH 23) / SCOTT SPEICHER TENNIS CENTER / 4 P.M.
AT NO. 25 WAKE FOREST (11-1, 3-0 ACC) / FRIDAY (MARCH 25) / LEIGHTON STADIUM / 3 P.M.
AT NO. 4 DUKE (11-2, 2-0 ACC) / SUNDAY (MARCH 27) / AMBLER TENNIS STADIUM / 1 P.M.
FLORIDA STATE GETS INTO THE MEAT OF ACC SCHEDULE WITH THREE CONFERENCE OPPONENTS
With all of its non-conference matches complete, the Florida State University men’s tennis team will solely turn its attention to the Atlantic Coast Conference for the remainder of the regular season. The No. 27 Seminoles conclude a three-match home stand Wednesday (March 23) when they play host to Maryland at 4 p.m. on the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. From there they will play at No. 25 Wake Forest on Friday (March 25) at 3 p.m., followed by a 1 p.m. showdown at No. 4 Duke Sunday (March 27).
TEAM, Mat Cloer AND TOP TWO DOUBLES SQUADS MOVE UP IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
The inception of the first computer ranking by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, Florida State moved up one spot to No. 27 after the team’s defeat of No. 33 TCU on Sunday. Two-time ACC Player of the Year Mat Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) leaped all the way up from #83 to No. 26 in the singles ratings. Likewise, the doubles tandem of Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga.) and Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa) jumped from No. 60 to 27, while Cloer and his partner Ytai Abougzir (Boca Raton, Fla.) went up three spots to No. 39.
SEMINOLES TRY TO KEEP ACC UNBEATEN STREAK AGAINST TERRAPINS
Since joining the conference in 1992, Florida State has dominated Maryland, winning all 14 matches between the two squads. Dominating might be an understatement as not only has FSU won 14-straight matches, but the Tribe has not dropped a single point since the first meeting in 1992 for a run of 88-straight points. Overall, the Seminoles lead 15-1 in the all-time series with UM’s lone win coming during the 1984 season in which FSU set the school record with a 30-8 mark.
WAKE FOREST PRESENTS TOUGH CHALLENGE FOR THE FLORIDA STATE
Any time you go on the road in the conference it is going to be tough, especially against a team like Wake Forest, who’s only loss is to No. 11 Oklahoma State. The Demon Deacons’ line-up features a pair of rated singles players in No. 79 Andrew Hamar and No. 82 Todd Paul. Last year, Paul beat Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) at number two singles, but Hamar lost to Chip Webb (Chattanooga, Tenn.) at the five spot. The Seminoles lead the all-time series at 15-7 and 10-5 in conference action, but have dropped four of the last five bouts.
CAN LIGHTENING STRIKE TWICE AS SEMINOLES PLAY NO. 4 DUKE?
Late March 2004, Florida State upsets fourth-ranked Duke at home in one of the biggest victories in school history. Late March 2005, the Seminoles take on the No. 4 Blue Devils again. Is Yogi Berra in the house? Stockpiled with talent, Duke has four players in the top 100, all underclassmen, headed by No. 5 Ludovic Walter. Working in the Seminoles’ favor is that three of Duke’s four ranked players all lost their singles matches last year. Jonathas Sucupira beat Walter at No. 2 when he was ranked seventh in the country, while Jeff Groslimond beat Jonathan Stokke, currently ranked 96th and Chris Westerhof won against Peter Rodrigues, No. 80 in this week’s rankings, to clinch the match.
SECOND FORMER PLAYER LOSES TO ALMA MATER AS FSU BEAT NO. 33 TCU 6-1
This year’s Florida State team hasn’t been very respectful to the alumni that it has hosted this year. First it blanked Paul Scarpa’s Furman squad then Sunday FSU posted a 6-1 win over No. 33 TCU, who is coached by former Seminole Metro Conference Player of the Year Joey Rive. The match featured a pair of upset for FSU as Jeff Groslimond and Chris Westerhof teamed up to beat No. 13 Fabrizio Sestini and Rafeal 8-6 at number one doubles – upping their record to a nation’s best 14-1 dual match record — followed by a three-set victory by Mat Cloer over #21 Sestini at one singles to clinch the match. The team victory equaled FSU win total from all of last year.