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FSU Men’s Tennis Starts Spring Slate With ACC Indoors

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Jan. 15, 2004

Who: Florida State Men's Tennis
What: ACC Indoor Championships
When: Friday-Sunday, January 16-18 (All Day)
Where: Winston-Salem, N.C.
(Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center)

SEMINOLES GET BACK INTO THE SWING OF THINGS AT ACC INDOOR:It’s been over two months since a member of the Florida State University men’s tennis team swung a racket in competition, but with the spring season right around the corner, it’s time to knock of the rust. The Seminoles will actually step indoors this weekend when they travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., for the Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Championships at the Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center.

CLOER, SUCUPIRA AND BOUNASSAR REPRESENT FSU AT ACC: Making up the three-man contingency for Florida State at the ACC Indoor Championships will be junior Mat Cloer (Brevard, N.C.), along with freshmen Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Joao Paolo Bounassar (Maringa Parana, Brazil). All three players are entered into the singles draw, while Cloer and Sucupira will team up for the doubles draw.

All three Seminoles come out of the fall season with four victories. Bounassar has the best mark at 4-2, while Cloer and Sucupira hold identical 4-3 records.

TOP COMPETITION LOOMS EARLY FOR THE SEMINOLES: The opening two rounds could be tricky for the Seminoles. In one of the first matches of the tournament, Joao Paolo Bounassar will take on Virginia’s Rylan Rizza, who is ranked 19th in the Mideast Region. A victory over Rizza could set up a potential meeting with the number eight seed, Scott Schnugg of Georgia Tech with a shot at number one seed Nick Monroe down the line.

In the bottom half of the draw, Jonathas Sucupira starts his journey starts with North Carolina’s Jon Davis at 10 a.m. on Friday. Looming in the next round would be Josa Muguruza from Georgia Tech, the sixth seed and 15th-ranked player in the region. The quarterfinals of that half of the draw could see a potential match-up between Sucupira and Mat Cloer, who received a bye in the first round.

RECENT HISTORY AT ACC BODES WELL FOR FLORIDA STATE: There is going to be a decent amount of pressure put on Mat Cloer and Jonathas Sucupira when they enter the doubles competition. All the Seminoles have done for the last two years is come away with the doubles title. Two years ago, Xavier Luscan and Rodrigo Laub wore the crown, while last season, while Cloer and Laub the title.

ITA PRESEASON RANKINGS HAS SEMINOLES RATED 32ND IN COUNTRY: Last season Florida State had its best season under head coach Dwayne Hultquist. A spot in the second round of the NCAA Tournament propelled the Seminoles to the No. 32 spot in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s spring rankings. That’s the same rating that Florida State ended the 2002-03 campaign with.

NATIONAL RANKINGS EXTEND TO DOUBLES TEAM AND Mat Cloer: Seminoles in the national rankings don’t stop with just the team. After a tremendous fall campaign, the sophomore doubles team of Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga.) and Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa) premiered at No. 15 in the nation. In singles action Mat Cloer is tied for the 29th spot in the country with Calle Hansen of Pepperdine.

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