Oct. 11, 2004
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. –
Last season, the Florida State University men’s tennis doubles team of Jeff Groslimond and Chris Westerhof had to fight their way through pre-qualfying and qualifying rounds just to make it to the main draw of the Icy Hot / ITA All-American Championships. After a great run last year, the duo got some respect, and automatic spot in this year’s main draw, and the Seminoles took advantage of the invite.
Following a run of seven-straight wins to just get them into the main draw last year, Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga.) and Westerhof (Durban, South Africa) fell during the first round of competition. The junior tandem took their game a step farther in the 2004 tournament, advancing to the second round.
The duo started the tournament off in impressive fashion, winning their opening round match 8-4 over Mark Growcott and Jason Hazley of LSU. Unfortunately, the Seminoles caught a hot team of Shannon Buck and Tyler McClung from Air Force. Fresh off an upset of the No. 8 duo in the country from TCU, Buck and McClung defeated their second ranked opponent as they took down tenth-ranked Groslimond and Westerhof 8-3.
In singles action, Westerhof thought he was done for the tournament after his loss in the next-to-last round of the qualfying draw. However, he earned an extra match in the consolation bracket of the main draw after a participant who lost his first round match decided to withdraw from the tournament. Tigran Martirosyan of Kentucky, ranked No. 53 in the country, got the best of Westerhof, winning 6-4, 6-2.
The Seminoles will have some time before their final tournament of the fall season. Florida State will take the court for the final time on October 20 when it travels to Raleigh, N.C., for the ITA Mideast Championships