March 15, 2005
#24 Florida State Men’s Tennis (7-4 overall, 1-1 ACC)
vs. #2 Virginia (13-2, 1-0)
Wednesday, March 16, 4 p.m.
vs. #22 TCU (5-4)
Sunday, March 20, 1 p.m.
Scott Speicher Tennis Center – Tallahassee, Fla.
Pair Of Top 25 Teams Visit Tallahassee This Week
Having spent two weeks on the road, the Florida State University men’s tennis team returns to town for a tough stretch of home matches. The Seminoles (9-5 overall / 1-1 ACC) get back into Atlantic Coast Conference action on Wednesday (March 16) when they play host to #2 Virginia at 4 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Then on Sunday No. 22 TCU rolls into town for a 1 p.m. bout.
Promotions And Giveaways Planned For Upcoming Home Matches
While it will be a day early, the Scott Speicher Tennis Center will have a touch of green added to the Garnet & Gold for the Seminoles’ match with Virginia the day before St. Patrick’s Day. There will be a special St. Patrick’s celebration and green giveaways. A carnival theme is planned for Sunday’s match with TCU with inflatables games set up in the back court along with giveaways from the USTA.
Seminoles Try To Derail Red Hot Cavaliers
Over the last year, no team has made a bigger splash on the national scene than Virginia. The Cavaliers used an ACC Championships last year to springboard themselves into the preseason top ten and they are currently ranked number two after their run at the National Indoor Tournament. Led by No. 8 Doug Stewart, UVA (13- overall, 1-0 ACC) has five ranked players, including four in the top 40 with a pair of rated doubles teams. Despite dropping both matches last year to Virginia, Florida State still holds a 13-8 advantage in the all-time series and a 9-7 mark since joining the ACC.
Former FSU Player Joey Rive Returns As Head Coach Of TCU
A member of FSU’s 1982 & 1983 Metro Conference Championship teams, Joey Rive was named MCC Player of the Year in 1985. He returns to Tallahassee on Sunday, but will be on the other side of the net as the head coach of TCU (5-4 overall). Even though they do not have a ranked singles player, the No. 22 Horned Frogs feature the No. 13 doubles team of Fabrizio Sestini and Rafael Abreu. Florida State havelost all three matches to TCU, including last year’s 4-3 defeat in Ft. Worth. TCU has lost its three matches and will play Duke Wedneday before takng on FSU.
Doubles Play Helps Florida State To Two Wins At Blue Gray
On the strength of a doubles line-up that owns the nation’s best record (13-1), Florida State won two of three matches at the Blue Gray Classic last week. The Seminoles opened with a 4-0 blanking of No. 64 of Old Dominion, but then dropped a tough 4-3 contest to #44 Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. The Tribe concluded the tournament by taking down No. 59 Fresno State 4-1.
Westerhof Continues Hot Streak In Singles
By far the hottest player for the Seminoles over the last month has been Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa). The junior has won nine-straight singles matches to up his record to a team-best 17-6. Currently he’s 12th on the FSU career list for overall wins at 103 (42 singles, 61 doubles) and four wins over the weekend would vault him to number ten. He and his doubles partner Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga.) have teamed up to win nine-straight as well for a dual match record of 13-1.