Oct. 5, 2003
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. –
There’s a light at the end of the tunnel for the Florida State University men’s tennis doubles team of Jeff Groslimond and Chris Westerhof. Following Sunday’s (October 5) action at the ITA/Icy Hot All-American Championships, it’s a little bit brighter as the Seminole duo has advanced to the Tuesday’s qualifier.
Of the 176 doubles teams entered into the event, 24 receive byes into the main draw with two dozen more automatically in the qualifier. That leaves 128 pre-qualifying teams to fill the eight remaining spots in the qualifier. By virtue of their second victory on Sunday, Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga. / Riverwood) and Westerhof (Durban, South Africa / Crawford College) are assured one of the eight slots.
“One of our goals was to get a team in the qualifier,” Seminole net boss Dwayne Hultquist said. “We felt that they (Groslimond & Westerhof) should have already been in the qualifier or the main draw, but they had to win four matches to prove it. I think they’re hungry for more and two more wins gets them in the main draw.”
The morning began with the sophomore duo beating Diego Iglesis and Moises Serrano of East Tennessee State 8-3, their largest margin of victory in the tournament. Next up was their closest match of the event, as they needed a tiebreaker to beat Denver’s Nejc Smole and Viktor Zetterholm.
Early on it looked as if the FSU duo would be packing their bags as they were down 6-4. The Seminoles broke at 6-4 to get back within a set, before staving off three match points at 8-7 to force a tiebreaker. Groslimond and Westerhof were down 4-2 in the breaker, but came back to win five of the next six points to take the match.
“Denver had a very strong, very big team with some large serves,” Hultquist noted of the 6-foot-8 Zetterholm and 6-foot-3 Smole. “I thought we returned the ball well and came up with some clutch shots at opportune times. Jeff and Chris have good chemistry and know what the other is going to do. They had a real good record as freshmen last year playing at number three, but now they want to prove it on a national level.”
While one FSU doubles team continued its run on Sunday, the tournament ended for another pair. The freshmen combination of Jonathas Succupira (Sao Paolo, Brazil / Colegio Megga) and Joao Paulo Bounassar (Maringa Parana, Brazil / Colegio Marista) dropped an 8-4 decision to Nic Beuque and Jeff Das of San Diego.
Groslimond/ Westerhof (FSU) d. Iglesis/Serrano (ETSU) 8-3
Groslimond/Westerhof (FSU) d. Smole/Zetterholm (UD) 9-8 (5)
Beuque/Das (USD) d. Succupira/Bounassar (FSU) 8-4