Oct. 23, 2004
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –
Going into the Wilson / ITA Mideast Championships, Florida State University head coach Dwayne Hultquist had to think that Jeff Groslimond had a good chance of advancing to the National Indoor Tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich. However, he probably thought that his best shot would be in doubles, not in singles, but the junior is just two wins away from punching his ticket for the University of Michigan.
Both singles finalist and the doubles champion of each region are automatically invited to the national indoor tournament, Nov. 4-7. Quarterfinals and semifinals are on Sunday at the Cone-Kenfield Tennic Center on the North Carolina campus with the finals Monday morning.
“The first guy he beat was in the round of 32 at the All-American so that was a really good win for Jeff,” Hultquist said. “That was probably his best win in college. He really stuck to the plan that we had. He followed that up with a really good win at noon.”
The junior started the day by beating Winthrop’s Clayton Almedia, rated No. 54 by the ITA, 7-6, 7-4. He followed that with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 triumph versus Stephan Ward of William & Mary. By winning both of his singles on Saturday, Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga.) plays Duke’s Ludovic Walter at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Walter is ranked 16th in the preseason ITA ratings.
“Jonathas (Sucupira) beat him (Walter) last year so we have somewhat of a plan based on what we saw last year,” Hultquist added. “It’s going to be a real big challenge. Walter is probably the best player left in the tournament.”
Also posting a victory on Saturday was Groslimond’s doubles partner, Chris Westerhof (Duban, South Africa). He chalked up a 6-3, 6-1 win over No. 74 Jason Zimmerman from Duke, but fell 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3 to VCU’s Amaud Lecloerec, who is ranked 59th by the ITA.
“Chris had a good win over Zimmerman. He’ll play high in Duke’s line-up this year,” Hultquist added. “Sam was a freshman today. He and Rizza play very similar, but Rizza is a little more physical and took it to Sam today. We were a little disappointed in the doubles match. Both Chris and Jeff played two long singles matches, but I felt this was a match they should have won.”
While Groslimond and Westerhof played well in singles, they did not fair as well in doubles action. Seeded second in the draw, the No. 10 duo rallied from a 5-0 deficit, but dropped a 9-7 decision to Alex Cojanu and Jeff Kader of William & Mary. Freshman Sam Chang (Young-Ming, Taiwan) lost his match on Saturday, falling 6-0, 6-1 to No. 75 Raian Rizza of Virginia.