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No Fooling, Seminoles And Tigers Square Off Friday

March 31, 2005

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First Serve:
#26 Florida State Men’s Tennis (12-6 overall, 3-2 ACC)
vs. #19 Clemson (21-3, 3-0)
Scott Speicher Tennis Center – Tallahassee, Fla.

Ground Strokes:
No Fooling, Seminoles And Tigers Square Off Friday

If everything goes to plan, the only thing fooling the Florida State University men’s tennis team on Friday (April 1) will be practical jokes. The 26th-ranked Seminoles take on the No. 19 Clemson Tigers at 5 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.

Giveaways Planned Friday’s Match
In conjunction with the marketing and promotions that have been conducted by graduate students in the Florida State sports administration program, Friday’s match will feature various giveaways during the Clemson match. Drawings for five prizes will be held after the doubles matches with five more following singles. Entry forms will be available at the entrance to the Scott Speicher Tennis Center and winners must be present to receive their prize. Among the items up for grabs is a pair of autographed photos by FSU football coach Bobby Bowden.

Florida State Tries To Stop Three Match Slide Against Clemson
Only one team has won the last three matches against the Seminoles and it’s not Top Five programs Duke and Virginia, but rather Clemson. All three bouts have been within a point, including last year’s 4-3 decision in Clemson, S.C. Overall the Tigers hold a 17-10 lead in the all-time series and 11-7 in league play, including a 4-1 mark in the ACC tournament. FSU’s last win was a 6-1 decision in 2002. The Tigers have just one ranked player and doubles team. Nathan Thompson holds the No. 18 spot in singles and he and Ryan Young team up for the No. 28 doubles tandem.

Seminoles Go 2-1 In ACC Bouts Last Week
Florida State continued its climb up the Atlantic Coast Conference standings last week as it went 2-1 in a trio of league contests. If the season ended today, FSU would be in fifth place in the league and get a first round by in the ACC Tournament.The Seminoles started the week by shutting Maryland out for the 14th match in a row with a 7-0 decision. FSU’s third win over a Top 25 program this year came Friday as it beat No. 25 Wake Forest 4-3 with senior Chip Webb (Chattanooga, Tenn.) winning the final match on the courts to give FSU the win.

Ending the Seminoles’ three-match winning streak was Duke as the No. 4 Blue Devils prevailed 5-2. FSU did come up with a pair of upsets as Ytai Abougzir (Boca Raton, Fla.) beat No. 96 Jonathan Stokke 6-3, 6-2 at number two and teamed up with Mat Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) to upset 29th-ranked Peter Rodrigues and Stokke 9-8 at number two doubles

Cloer Can Move Up Against Clemson
A pair of wins on Friday would move Mat Cloer up a spot on both the Florida State career singles and combined wins lists. Currently, the two-time ACC Player of the Year is one win short of tying All-American Ken McKenzie for number five in school history with 79 singles triumphs. Wins in both singles and doubles would give Cloer 142 total wins (79 singles, 63 doubles), tying him with Michael Ingham and Joey Rive for sixth on that list.

Groslimond Goes To Number Six On Doubles List
Two wins in doubles last week pushed Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga.) up to sixth on the career doubles list, equaling Joey Rive’s 68 triumphs. The win with partner Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa) was their 20th of the year, tying them for tenth on the single-season charts.

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