Feb. 3, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
What you need to know: Who: Florida State Men's Tennis What: Home Matches Versus #75 Central Florida and #61 Texas Tech When: Saturday, February 7 (1 p.m.) & Sunday, February 8 (1 p.m.) Where: Tallahassee, Fla. (Scott Speicher Tennis Center)
SEMINOLES CONTINUE HOME STAND WITH NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS: With its record back to an even 2-2, the Florida State University men’s tennis team continues a three-match home stand with a pair of contests this weekend against ranked opponents. Up first, the Seminole will take on instate rival, and No. 75 Central Florida at 1 p.m. on Saturday (February 1). The following day at 1 p.m. FSU serves it up against the 61st-ranked Red Raiders from Texas Tech. Four of the Seminoles’ first six matches have come against ranked opponents.
FSU LOOKS TO STAY PERFECT AGAINST THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS: Besides getting its second-straight win, Florida State will look to keep its record unblemished against Central Florida. The Seminoles have won all eight meetings with the Golden Knights in a series that dates back to 1983. The two teams haven’t met since the 2002 campaign when Florida State produce a 5-2 victory at home. UCF’s roster is highlighted by Ener Gursoy, the 100th-ranked player in the nation.
SEMINOLES AND RED RAIDERS MEET FOR JUST THE SECOND TIME: The last time Florida State and Texas Tech faced each other on the tennis court, not a single member of the current team was born yet, nor was assistant coach Ty Braswell. The Red Raiders won the only meeting between the two schools, 5-2, during the 1970 campaign. Overall, Florida State is 7-18 against the Big Twelve Conference. FSU has not played a Big 12 school since 2001 when it lost to Texas 5-2. The Seminoles have not beaten a Big 12 team since 1995-a streak of seven-straight losses-when it toppled Texas A&M 5-2.
FSU GETS BACK INTO THE WIN COLUMN WITH 5-2 DEFEAT OF PRINCETON: After two tough defeats, the Seminoles picked up their second victory of the year when they defeated Princeton 5-2 on January 31. Florida State got an early lead by taking the doubles points-FSU has not lost the doubles point in four dual matches this year-before taking four of the six singles matches.
CLOER & SUCUPIRA SECURE DOUBLES POINT, LEAD SINGLES CHARGE: Against Princeton the doubles point came down to No. 2 where FSU’s Mat Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) and Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) held at 6-6, then broke to win the point. Cloer breezed through his match at No. 1 singles, winning 6-0, 6-3. Following a tough opening set, Sucupira picked a 7-5, 6-3 victory. Cloer tops the squad with nine singles wins, while Sucupira is just one behind.
GROSLIMOND CONTRIBUTES TWICE TO PRINCETON VICTORY: Beside Mat Cloer and Jonathas Sucupira, the only Seminole to win both singles and doubles was sophomore Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga.). He teamed up with Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa) to win FSU’s first doubles match, then came back to post a 6-3, 6-3 win in No. 3 singles to wrap up the team victory.
WEBB WINS EIGHTH MATCH AGAINST TIGERS: Never out of a point, Chip Webb (Chattanooga, Tenn.) plays the longest games of anyone on the team. With that in mind, he got some rest by not playing doubles against Princeton. That extra rest may have made the difference as he needed three sets to beat David Gopstein 6-4, 5-7, 6-1.