May 27, 2004
TULSA, Okla. –
If history is any indication, then next year Florida State University men’s tennis player Mat Cloer could be on his way to becoming the school’s first All-American in singles. Unfortunately, the chance to make history will have to wait another 365 days as the junior had his run at the 2004 NCAA Tournament stopped on Thursday (May 27).
After becoming the first Seminole to win a singles match at the league summit in two years, Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) dropped his round of 32 match to 26th-ranked Johan Brunstrom of SMU 7-6, 6-4 at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Tulsa.
Ranked 27th in the country going into the match, Cloer finishes the season with a 21-13 mark, including a 10-9 record against ranked opponents. This season he moved into the top ten of all three school rankings. With one season remaining he rates ninth in career singles victories (70), third in double wins (51) and is tied with Joey Rive for eighth at 121 combined victories.
Even though the collegiate season is over, that does not mean that Cloer is done playing tennis yet. He will be back in competition on his home courts as he received a wild card entry into the 2004 USTA Challenger event in Tallahassee at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Competition begins Sunday, May 30.