March 16, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
So far the only winner in the men’s tennis match between Florida State University and the University of Virginia is the weather. Because of conflicts between traveling arrangements and class schedules, no make up date and time for the No. 28 Seminoles and second-ranked Cavaliers has been determined.
Inclement weather pushed the start of Wednesday’s (March 16) match back five hours to 9 p.m. and halfway through the doubles contests it began to rain again, making the courts unplayable for several hours. After heavy storms drenched the Tallahassee area for nearly 24 hours, the facility and game management staff worked nonstop for almost seven hours in order to get the courts ready for play.
“The guys that worked on the court were incredible, “FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “They worked really hard for nearly seven hours in order to get the courts ready for us. I think our guys are hanging right in there with Virginia.”
When the match was halted, Virginia was leading in all three of the doubles bouts, but only by one game in two of the three. No. 29 Nick Meythaler and Rylan Rizza were up 6-4 on No. 60 Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga.) and Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa) at number one. The second bout had No. 44 Treat Huey and Somdev Devvarman leading No. 42 Mat Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) and Ytai Abougzir 5-4. Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Sam Chang (Young-Ming, Taiwan) were trailing Doug Stewart and Darrin Cohen 6-5.
Wednesday’s match was Florida State’s third of the year against a top ten opponent with three more versus the Top 25. Overall, the Seminoles have a 6-5 record against ranked opponents. The Cavaliers are one of the hottest teams in the country with five ranked singles players and a pair of rated doubles teams. UVA’s only two losses are to top-ranked Baylor.
Florida State continues its three-match home stand on Sunday (March 20) when it plays host to No. 33 TCU at 1 p.m. The Horned Frogs are coached by former FSU and Metro Conference Player of the Year Joey Rive.