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Rivalry Heats Up As Florida State Takes On Florida Sunday At Home

Feb. 3, 2005

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First Serve:


#41 Florida State vs. #3 Florida
Sunday (February 6), 1 p.m.
Scott Speicher Tennis Center — Tallahassee, Fla.
FSU Record: (3-2, 0-0 ACC) / Florida: (2-0)


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Rivalry Heats Up As Florida State Takes On Florida Sunday At Home
The match that has a big red circle around it every year is here for the Florida State University men’s tennis team. State tennis bragging rights are on the line Sunday (February 6) when the No. 41 Seminoles take on third-ranked Florida at home at 1 p.m.


FSU Tries To Break Seven-Year Slide Against The Gators
Not since there was a Democrat in the White House have the Seminoles beaten Florida on the courts. Florida State’s last victory was a 4-3 decision during the 1997 campaign. Former assistant coach Ty Braswell was a sophomore on the last FSU team to beat UF. Overall, Florida holds a 45-19 advantage in the all-time series.


Florida Line-Up Strong As Always
Pulling off the upset over the third-ranked team in the country will be no small task for the Seminoles. Florida’s line-up features four-ranked singles players and rated doubles team. The Gators’ highest ranked singles player is No. 46 Nestor Briceno, who has played at number four in UF line-up. FSU is 5-8 this year against ranked singles opponents, but 2-0 in doubles bouts. Florida’s top player, Hamid Mirzadeh, is in the same boat as FSU’s Mat Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) as neither player is ranked because they did not play collegiately in the fall.


Seminoles Looking To Take Last Year’s Close Call One Step Farther
Last year’s meeting between FSU and UF was the closest since the Seminoles came away with the victory in 1997. Florida won the last match on the court to come away with a 4-3 triumph at home. Junior Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa) staved off triple-match point to force his number five bout to overtime, before Ryan Sherry won the tiebreaker 7-5 to take the match and the team victory.


Cloer & Abougzir Upset No. 4 Doubles Team as FSU Falls 5-2 To #5 Illinois
Florida State started out on the right track to upsetting fifth-ranked Illinois last Friday, but the Fighting Illini showed their merit in singles as they won five of the six matches to take the 5-2 victory. Highlighting the match was FSU’s number one doubles team of Mat Cloer and Ytai Abougzir (Boca Raton, Fla.) beating #4 Ryler DeHeart and GD Jones.


Doubles Point Gives #34 Notre Dame 4-3 Win Over Seminoles
Through the first four matches, Florida State was perfect in winning the doubles point. However, it picked the wrong time to lose the initial point as No. 34 Notre Dame used the one-point it gained from taking two of the three doubles matches to give them the 4-3 decision.


Groslimond Stays Undefeated In Singles With Pair Of Victories
The indoor playing conditions last weekend had no affect on No. 91 Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga.) as he was the only Seminole to win both of his singles bouts. He beat #118 Pramod Dabir of Illinois when Dabir retired down 2-1 in the second set. Groslimond came back two days later to beat #112 Barry King of Illinois 6-7 (1), 7-5, 7-6 (5). The junior is one doubles win away from tying Michael Ingham for seventh all-time at 57 doubles triumphs. Groslimond is six overall wins away from tying Paul Haarhuis with 105 total victories.

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