Jan. 16, 2004
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. –
It wasn’t all good news, it wasn’t all bad new for the Florida State University men’s tennis team during the opening day of the Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Championships. Hosted at Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center, the Seminoles produced a pair of singles victories, but dropped both of their doubles matches on Friday (January 16).
After receiving a bye in the first round, junior Mat Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) produced the Seminoles’ first victory of the tournament. Seeded third in the tournament, the number 29 player in the country defeated North Carolina’s Andy Metzler, 6-3, 6-4. He now faces Darrin Cohen of Virginia in Saturday’s round of 32.
“I felt like Mat had a really tough first round match, but he came out and really hit the ball clean and got in a groove from the beginning,” assistant coach Ty Braswell said. “He played with confidence and served the ball really well.”
Also producing a victory on day one was rookie Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) as he took down North Carolina State’s Jon Davis, 6-2, 6-1. Unfortunately his run in the single draw ended when he was beaten 6-3, 6-4, by sixth-seeded Josa Muguruza from Georgia Tech. FSU’s other singles entry, Joao Paolo Bounassar (Maringa Parana, Brazil) lost 7-6 (2), 6-2 to Virginia’s Rylan Rizza.
“Jonathas was a little too streaky,” Braswell added. “He started off a little slow and worked his way into the match but the guy he played weights for you to make a mistake and Jonathas just had too many of those streaks. It was a good learning experience for him.”
In doubles action, both of the Seminoles entrees lost their opening matches. The tandem of Cloer and Sucupira fell 9-7 to Darrin Cohen and Nick Meythaler from Virginia. Bounassar teamed up with UVA’s Chris Gover for doubles with the mixed team dropping an 8-4 decision to UNC’s Aiken and Andrew Watkins.
“We were up 7-5 in doubles and couldn’t close out the match,” Braswell noted. “We had plenty of opportunities, but we could didn’t find a way. In doubles one loose game can turn a match around and when we didn’t put them away they gained confidence and it changed everything.”
Saturday’ both teams will play in the consolation bracket. Bounassar and his Cavalier teammate receive a bye, while Cloer and Sucupira face second-seeded Dennis Mayers and Conor Taylor of NC State. In singles’ consolation play, Bounassar will take on the Tar Heels Raian Luchichi.
No. 3 Mat Cloer (FSU) d. Andy Metzler (UNC) 6-3, 6-4
Jonathas Sucupira (FSU) d. Jon Davis (NCSU) 6-2, 6-1
No. 6 Josa Muguruza (GT) d. Jonathas Sucupira (FSU) 6-3, 6-4
Rylan Rizza (UVA) d. Joao Paolo Bounassar (FSU) 7-6 (2), 6-2
Cohen/Meythaler (UVA) d. Cloer/Sucupira (FSU) 9-7
Aiken/Watkins (UNC) d. Bounassar (FSU)/Gonver(UVA) 8-4