April 9, 2004
What you need to know: Who: #33 Florida State Men's Tennis What: Home Matches With #14 North Carolina & #35 Notre Dame When: Saturday (April 10), 5 p.m. & Monday (April 12), 2 p.m. Where: Tallahassee, Fla. (Scott Speicher Tennis Center)
PAIR OF RANKED OPPONENTS ROUND OUT THE HOME SCHEDULE: After a pair of losses to Clemson and #40 Georgia Tech, the Florida State University men’s tennis team needs some home cooking before next week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. The 33rd-ranked Seminoles (10-9 overall / 3-4 ACC) will wrap up the 2004 regular season this weekend when they play host to #14 North Carolina on Saturday (April 10) at 5 p.m. before a 2 p.m. bout Monday (April 12) versus #35 Notre Dame.
TWO-FOR-ONE HAS NOT BEEN A GOOD OFFER FROM THE TAR HEELS: Every time the Tribe produces a victory over North Carolina, the Tar Heels (20-3 overall / 6-1 ACC) seem to come back with a pair of triumphs of their own. After winning last year’s match 4-3, the Seminoles will try to reverse that trend as they go for two in a row. Overall, North Carolina is ahead in the all-time series 4-10. Only one of FSU’s wins in five tries against UNC has come at home. Within the Tar Heels’ line-up, Nicholas Monroe and Geoff Boyd are ranked 13th in doubles, while Monroe occupies the No. 32 spot in singles.
SEMINOLES GO FOR TWO IN A ROW AGAINST THE FIGHTING IRISH: It had been over ten years since Florida State and Notre Dame (12-8) took the court against each other last year and now the two are back at it on Monday. The Seminoles go for their second-straight win over the Irish after winning last year’s contest 4-3 in South Bend, Ind. UND’s only win in the series was a 5-1 triumph in the 1992 meeting. FSU is 3-1 versus the Irish in the four previous meetings. Among the nation’s best players, Luis Haddock is rated 93rd.
WEEKEND MATCHES ARE END OF THE ROAD FOR SENIORS BASSETT & OWEN: Besides the last matches of the regular season, Saturday and Monday will be the last time seniors Joe Bassett (Monticello, Fla.) and Jared Owen (Vero Beach, Fla.) play competitively at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Troubled with injuries the last couple of years, both have bounced back for their final campaign to help the Seminoles on and off the court.
CLOER POST 20 VICTORIES FOR SECOND YEAR IN A ROW: Prior to 2004, in 56-year history of the men’s program, there had only been three players post at least 20 wins in back-to-back season. Now Mat Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) can add his name to that list. The junior won his 20th match of the year when he beat #65 Scott Schnugg of Georgia Tech. With 49 victories over the last two seasons, Cloer needs nine more to equal Stephen Noteboom’s mark of 58 wins. Cloer joins Noteboom (1990-91), Hernan Luque (1982-83) and Paul Haarhuis (1987-88) as the only players to post 20 wins in back-to-back seasons.
GROSLIMOND AND WESTERHOF NEED ONE MORE WIN TO OWN DOUBLES MARK: A silver lining to the Seminoles’ two losses last weekend was the feat Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga.) and Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa) at number one doubles. The duo won a pair of matches at Clemson and Georgia Tech to equal the single-season record at 25 wins. Groslimond has 47 doubles wins for his career, the most by any Seminole in their first two seasons, passing the record of 46 by Cary Sochin.