Oct. 24, 2003
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –
In his first collegiate tournament of the season, Florida State University men’s tennis player Mat Cloer got off to a great start, beating the number two player in the country, only to lose to a lower-ranked player that afternoon. At the Omni Hotels / ITA Region II Tournament, Cloer is extending his stay with a pair of victories on Thursday (October 24).
Anther difference from this event to the last is that Cloer (Brevard, N.C) is now the hunted and not the hunter. Sporting the number seed in the draw, he started his run with a 6-0, 6-1 decision against Jerome Kirkland from North Carolina A&T in a match that took just 40 minutes.
Cloer moved on to Saturday’s action by beating East Tennessee State’s Oscar Posada 6-3, 6-3. For the second time in two days a Florida State player sent Posada home. During Thursday’s double action he lost to Jeff Groslimond and Chris Westerhof.
In a singles role, Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga. / Riverwood) picked up a win in his first match when he beat Radford’s Brandon Johnson 6-3, 6-3. Unfortunately his trip to Tobacco Road ended with a 6-4, 6-1, decision to the number three seed and No. 43 player in the country, Nicholas Monroe of the host North Carolina.
Florida State’s third entry in the singles draw, Chip Webb (Chattanooga, Tenn. / Naples) shared the same fate as his teammate Groslimond. The junior started the day with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, triumph over Fernando Fiuri of East Tennessee State. In his second match, Webb met the number 65 player in the country, fifth-seeded Scott Schnugg of Georgia Tech, and was defeated 6-1, 6-2.
Action for Cloer continues on Saturday at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center on the UNC campus. He faces the No. 16 seed in the draw, freshman Andrew Hamar from Wake Forest at 9 a.m. Cloer is 2-1 in his FSU career against Wake Forest. A victory in the morning match would set up a 12:30 p.m. bout versus Jeff Kader of William and Mary or South Carolina’s Carl Wermee.
The tournament has been dominated by the Atlantic Coast Conference as 11 of the 16 players remaining hale from the league. There has been few upsets so far as 11 of the 16 seeded players have advance to Saturday’s action.
Box Score No. 1 Mat Cloer FSU d. Jerome Kirkland (NCA&T) 6-0, 6-1 No. 1 Mat Cloer FSU d. Oscar Posada (ETSU) 6-3, 6-3 Jeff Groslimond (FSU) d. Brandon Johnson (RAD) 6-3, 6-3 No. 3 Nicholas Monroe (UNC) d. Jeff Groslimond (FSU) 6-4, 6-1 Chip Webb (FSU) d. Fernando Fiuri (ETSU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 No. 5 Scott Schnugg (GT) d. Chip Webb 6-1, 6-2