March 2, 2005
#30 Florida State Men’s Tennis
at #58 NC State, Saturday, March 5, 11 a.m.
J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center – Raleigh, N.C.
at #24 North Carolina, Sunday, March 6, 1 p.m.
Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center – Chapel Hill, N.C.
Florida State (6-3 overall) / NC State (12-0) /
North Carolina (9-2)
Ground Strokes: FSU Hits The Road For ACC Opening Weekend In North Carolina
After two months of a tough non-conference schedule, the Florida State University men’s tennis team opens the Atlantic Coast Conference portion of its ledger this weekend. The Seminoles start their ACC schedule on Tobacco Road with a contest at NC State on Saturday at 11 a.m., followed by a 1 p.m. bout Sunday at North Carolina.
Wolfpack Off To Second-Best Start In School History
A look at the best record in the conference doesn’t show No. 2 Virginia at the top or sixth-ranked Duke, but rather No. 59 NC State. The Wolfpack have started the year 12-0 going into their conference opener Wednesday against Duke. Florida State has never lost to NC State since joining the conference with a 13-1 record overall. The Wolfpack’s lone win was a 6-3 victory during the 1981 season.
24th-Ranked Tar Heels Present Big Challenge
With one victory over a Top-25 program under its belt, Florida State is looking for another when it takes on No. 24 North Carolina. While UNC does not have any ranked singles players, the tandem of Geoff Boyd and Brad Pomeroy are rated as the 17th-best in the country. Overall, Florida State is 6-22 against North Carolina and 4-11 during ACC competition. The Seminoles last victory was a 4-3 triumph in Chapel Hill during the 2003 season.
Seminoles Dispose Of Furman 7-0 For Third-Straight Win
Of all the fond memories former Florida State men’s tennis player and coach Paul Scarpa has of Tallahassee, Tuesday’s (March 1) match won’t be one of them. The active leader in career coaching victories at 717, Scarpa’s current team, Furman University, couldn’t beat his alma mater as the Seminoles prevailed 7-0.
Groslimond Joins Overall Career Victories List
Even though he’s only halfway through his third season, Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga.) has already made his way onto his second career victories list. With a pair of victories over Furman, he collected his 106 overall victory, tying him with Alex Rucker for ninth all-time. Ranked No. 89 in the country, Groslimond’s doubles win was the 60th of his career, putting him eight back of Joey Rive for sixth all-time.
Singles Ascension Continues For Cloer
Every passing weeks seems to include a milestone for Mat Cloer (Brevard, N.C.). The two-time ACC Player of the Year moved into number seven on the Seminole career singles list with his 6-3, 7-6 (1) win over Furman’s Ben Pauluhn that was the 74th of his career. Rated at No. 17 in the country, Cloer is the third-highest ranked singles player in the conference.
Florida State Dominates The Middle
While every position in the FSU line-up has a winning record, the three, four and five spots have be especially tough with a 21-6 record in nine match. Jeff Groslimond has the best dual match record with an 8-1 mark at number three. Three different Seminoles have combined to post a 7-2 record in the number five spot. FSU is strong up top as well where Mat Cloer has a 7-2 mark.