Sept. 19, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Following a long off-season, not all the rust has been knocked off the Florida State University men’s tennis team. After a strong showing to open the year, the host struggled a little bit on Friday (September 19) during the second day of the Seminole Fall Classic. Florida State only managed a pair of victories in nine matches against Middle Tennessee State.
Things appeared to get off on a good note when the doubles tandem of Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga. / Riverwood) and Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa / Crawford College) produced a 9-8 victory over the Blue Raiders’ Rishan Kuruppu and Andreas Siljestrom.
Unfortunately that was the only match the Seminoles pulled off during the doubles competition. The senior combination of Jarrod Owen (Vero Beach, Fla.) and Joe Bassett (Monticello, Fla. / Aucilla Christen Academy) had a chance to serve for the match, but instead went down 9-7 to Kirk Jackson and Trevor Short. MTSU’s duo of Brandon Allan and Kai Schledorn were in charge the whole time as they beat Chip Webb (Chattanooga, Tenn. / Naples) and Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paolo, Brazil / Colegio Megga) 8-2.
Florida State could not swing the momentum back in its favor during singles as the Blue Raiders took five of the six matches. The lone win for the Seminoles came from Webb as he picked up his second victory in as many days. The junior produced a straight-sets 6-2, 6-4 victory over Kuruppu.
The sophomore Westerhof took the first set in his match with Schledorn 6-4, but lost by that same margin in the second before dropping the super tiebreaker 10-7. Unforced errors cost Groslimond a 6-1, 6-4 defeat at the hands of Jackson.
After a close defeat in the first set, Owen only won one more game as he lost 6-4, 6-1 to Anant Sitaram. Bassett almost pushed his match to a third set tiebreaker, but Allen got the best of him 6-0, 7-6. Away from competition against Middle Tennessee State, Joao Paolo Bounassar (Maringa Parana, Brazil / Colegio Marista) defeated Nebraska’s Tanner Gates 6-0, 6-2.
Day three of the Seminole Fall Classic begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday with both the Seminoles and Blue Raiders in action, along with Florida A&M and Nebraska.
Seminole Fall Classic Box Score
Jeff Groslimond / Chris Westerhof (FSU) d. Rishan Kuruppu / Andreas Siljestrom (MTS) 9-8
Kirk Jackson / Trevor Short (MTS) d. Joe Bassett / Jarrod Owen (FSU) 9-7
Brandon Allan / Kai Schledorn (MTS) d. Chip Webb / Jonathas Sucupira 8-2
Kirk Jackson (MTS) d. Jeff Groslimond (FSU) 6-1, 6-4
Kai Schledorn (MTS) d. Chris Westerhof (FSU) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7)
Andreas Siljestrom (MTS) d. Jonathas Sucupira (FSU) 6-1, 6-4
Chip Webb (FSU) d. Rishan Kuruppu (MTS) 6-2, 6-4
Anant Sitaram (MTS) d. Jarrod Owen (FSU) 6-4, 6-1
Brandon Allan (MTS) d. Joe Bassett (FSU) 6-0, 7-6
Joao Paolo Bounassar (FSU) d. Tanner Gates (NEB) 6-0, 6-2