Jan. 9, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Even though the calendar still says it’s winter outside, the 2004 spring tennis season is right around the corner for the Florida State University men’s and women’s tennis programs. Before the schedule gets completely underway, the two teams will hold their Second Annual “First Serve” Pre-Season Banquet on Friday, January 23.
Held at the University Center Club on the Florida State campus, the banquet will take place in the Tom and Ginny Futch Ballroom. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. Cost of the tickets is $25 dollars. For more information, contact Gene Davidson at (850) 893-1828 or (850) 510-4040. Details can also be found on by clicking on the “First Serve” link found on men’s and women’s tennis front pages.
During the program both men’s coach Dwayne Hultquist and women’s net boss Lise Gregory will preview their teams for the upcoming year. Players from both the men’s and women’s teams will be introduced and a highlight video will be shown.
The men’s team is coming off its first trip to the NCAA Tournament in five years and a second-place finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Leading this year’s team is 2003 ACC Player of the Year Mat Cloer, who starts the year ranked 22nd in the country. The doubles tandem of Jeff Groslimond and Chris Westerhof are rated fourth in the region.
The women’s team finished the 2002-03 season with a 13-10 record, missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time in seven years. Senior All-ACC honoree Anca Dumitrescu and reigning NCAA South Region Rookie of the Year Mihaela Moldovan, will head up a squad that looks to continue the Tribe’s winning ways.
Florida State’s men’s program begins its season on January 16 when they travel to the ACC Indoor Championships. Their first home match is January 19 against Stetson at 1 p.m.. The women start January 24 when they play host to Georgia Southern in a 12 p.m. contest.