Oct. 21, 2004
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –
Without the full complement of the his roster during the fall season, Florida State University men’s tennis coach Dwayne Hultquist has not had a good gauge of how his team stacks up. But from the limit roster that he has seen so far, he sees good things for the spring and wants his team to end the fall on a high not as the Seminoles travel to the Wilson / ITA Mideast Regional.
Hosted by the University of North Carolina at the Cone-Kenfield, Tennis Center, the regional tournament offers players the opportunity to qualify for the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships. The two singles finalists, along with the double champion, earn spots in the indoor tournament, November 4-7 at the University of Michigan.
Florida State’s best opportunity for advancement to the Indoor Championships lies in the doubles team of Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga.) and Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa). Ranked 10th in the country, the duo has the number two seed in the main draw. The junior tandem will not see the court until Friday evening when they take on either Gabriel Delarue and Florent Wilpotte of Campbell, or one of the eight teams to advance from the qualifying round.
Vying for one of those eight qualifying spots is the Florida State tandem of senior Chip Webb (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and freshman Sam Chang (Young-Ming, Taiwan). The duo beat Louis Hartfield and Eldred Stephens of North Carolina A&T 8-1 on Wednesday. They face North Carolina’s Will Phlyer and David Stone at 5 p.m. on Thursday with the winner advancing to the main draw.
In singles action, Florida State has all four of its players in the main draw. First up is Webb at 10:30 a.m. as he takes on a qualifier. A victory Friday morning would mean a 3 p.m. bout later that afternoon against the Tar Heels’ Raian Luchici. Webb lost to Luchici 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 during the dual match last year. Westerhof is next in action at 1 p.m. as he squares off with either Geoff Boyd of UNC or Ian Bliss from Maryland.
Next up at 3 p.m. is Chang as he starts his singles play against Nate Grover of Old Dominion or a qualifier. Finishing up Florida State’s singles action on the first day is Groslimond as he takes on either Russ Burns of Davidson or a qualifier.