Oct. 25, 2003
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –
Going into the Omni Hotels / ITA Region II Tournament, Florida State University men’s tennis player Mat Cloer knew that everyone was going to be gunning for him. After three victories someone finally got to the number one seed as his run at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center on the campus of North Carolina was ended on Saturday (October. 25).
In his first match of the day, Cloer moved to 3-1 lifetime against Wake Forest as the dispensed the Demon Deacons’ Andrew Hamar, seeded 16th in the event, by scores of 6-2, 6-2. It was his third straight-sets victory of the event and through the bout with Hamar he had not given up more than three games in any set.
All of that changed during the first set of his quarterfinal match with Jeff Kader of William and Mary. A member of the preseason ITA rankings, Kader took four games off Cloer as the FSU junior won the first set 6-4. The momentum swung in Kader’s favor in the second set as he won by a score of 6-3. He ended Cloer’s shot at the semifinals as he won the third set and the match with an identical 6-3 tally.
The reigning Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year will have little time to think about his loss as he gets back on the court on Tuesday (October 28). Cloer received a wild card entry in the USTA’s FURTURES tour stop in Hammond, La. This summer Cloer played in several FUTURES events, including the Ursla Beck Men’s Tennis Pro Classic where he reached the semifinals.