April 21, 2005
GREENSBORO, N.C. –
After Florida State University honored the seniors on its men’s tennis team Friday against Miami, the Atlantic Coast Conference did the school one better. At the annual banquet held the night before the ACC Tournament, Seminole seniors Mat Cloer and Chip Webb were announced as members of the 2005 All-ACC men’s tennis team.
Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) received the third honor of his career by a vote of the league coaches. His classmate Webb (Chattanooga, Tenn.) earned his spot on the list by winning the number six flight championships through his play during the conference season.
“It’s really great that both of our seniors were honored in their last year,” FSU net boss Dwayne Hultquist said. “I’m really happy for Chip; it’s just great for him to get this honor. He’s been patient and really stuck with it this year after a tough season last year.
“For Mat this really puts him in some selective company as a three-time All-ACC and two-time ACC Player of the Year. Some of his better wins came out of conference, but hopefully he can turn this into a good run here and at the NCAA Tournament.”
Already separating himself as one of the best players in Florida State and league history, Cloer is just the fourth Seminole to earn All-ACC honors three times in a career, joining Brian Stanton (1993-95), Ken McKenzie (1992, 1994-95) and Xavier Luscan (2000-02). Since the league starting handing out the award in 1986, all-conference honors have been bestowed three times or more to just 38 players. Joining Cloer on the three-year list this season was Duke’s Ludovic Walter.
After taking the fall semester off to play on the FUTURES Tour, Cloer returned to the FSU line-up where he holds a 13-8 record in the dual match season, but only 4-5 in the ACC. Currently ranked 29th in the latest ITA poll, throughout the spring he has moved up the FSU career charts. He currently ranks fifth with 80 singles triumphs, while his 145 total wins is sixth followed by a rating of ninth for his 56 doubles wins.
While Webb was on the court for less than half of the Seminoles’ dual matches, he made the most of his opportunity to be in the line-up. The senior has the highest winning percentage on the team during the dual match campaign with his 8-2 (.800) mark. Webb highlighted the fall slate by winning the Flight II singles title at the Southern Intercollegiate.
Flight champions are determined by number of wins and this year four different players in the league, including Webb had five wins at number six. Since head-to-head competition couldn’t determine the champion, the next measure was winning percentage and Webb topped all others at the number six spot with his .833 winning percentage thanks to a 5-1 mark.
“We had a lot of guys that were really close and not making it should be a good motivational tool for them this week,” Hultquist noted. “We’re going to have a tough match tomorrow, but we’ve won eight of our last nine and that was against the meat of the ACC. We’re playing some good tennis and we’re excited about the opportunity and we can’t wait to see what we can do.”
The league also handed out its specialty awards at the banquet. Clemson’s Nathan Thompson was named Player of the Year, while Somdev Devvarman of Virginia was tapped as the ACC Rookie of the Year. The Cavaliers’ Brian Boland was award Coach of the Year.
By virtue of its 7-2 record and third-place finish in the conference, Florida State received a bye for Thursday’s first round of the ACC Tournament. The No. 21 Seminoles will face either No. 28 Georgia Tech or Maryland on Friday at 6 p.m. at the Cary Tennis Center.