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Seminole Men’s Tennis Goes For Three In A Row Against Furman on Sunday

Feb. 25, 2005

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First Serve:
#32 Florida State Men's Tennis vs. Furman
Sunday, February 27, 1 p.m.
Scott Speicher Tennis Center - Tallahassee, Fla.
Florida State (5-3 overall) / Furman (2-7 overall)

Ground Strokes:
Seminole Go For Three In A Row Against Furman

Three seems to be the magic number during the first two months of the dual match season for the Florida State University men’s tennis team. The Seminoles started the year with a three-match winning streak, followed by a string of three-straight losses. No. 32 FSU will try to make it three wins in a row again with it plays host to Furman at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Febuary 27 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.

Rice Victory Moves Florida State Up To No. 32 In ITA Rankings
After holding in the low 40’s for beginning of the season, the Seminoles jumped up to No. 32 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings after their 6-1 victory over No. 25 Rice on February 19. This is the highest Florida State has been rated since it moved up to No. 25 after beating fourth-ranked Duke last season.

Seminoles Don’t Give A Hoot, Beat #25 Owls 6-1
All season long Florida State has been on the verge of scoring a big victory and last Saturday it came up with the breakthrough triupmh. The Seminoles dominated No. 25 Rice 6-1 for their first top-25 victory of the year. Florida State swept the doubles matches — after Rice came into the match having won 32-of-35 doubles matches on the year — then won all but one singles match. The win snapped a 22-year drought against the Owls.

Cloer Enters Singles Ranking At No. 17
At the beginning of the fall campaign, Mat Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) was rated 15th by the ITA, but because he chose to play on the FUTURES Tour, he lost his ranking at the start of the spring. After posting his sixth victory of the year, beating Rice’s Robert Searle — who was rated 11th at the start of the fall — 6-4, 6-3, the senior is back in the ranks at No. 17. Junior Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga.), who leads the team with 12 victories, moved up from No. 91 to 89.

FSU Teams Up For Pair Of Rated Doubles Squads
Doubles has been the strength of the squad this season and now the rest of the nation knows as the Tribe has a pair of ranked teams. Breaking into the ITA ledger for the first time in their careers is the No. 1 tandem of Mat Cloer and Ytai Abougzir (Boca Raton, Fla.) at No. 29. Dropping down to the No. 57 spot was the number two pairing of Jeff Groslimond and Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa).

Both squads are 7-1 on the year with Cloer needing one more doubles victory to tie Michael Ingham for eighth in Seminole lore with 57 career wins. His next singles conquest gives him 74 his career and equals him with Joey Rive for sixth on the all-time list. The next doubles win would give Groslimond the 60th of his career, making him just the seventh player in school history to post 60 triumphs.

Former Seminole Coach And Player Paul Scarpa Leads Furman Squad
Making a return to Tallahassee to lead the Furman Paladins this weekend will be former player and coach Paul Scarpa. The active leader in career coaching victories at 717, Scarpa’s squad is 2-7 on the year. A three-year letterwinner for the Seminoles from 1960-62, Scarpa coached FSU for just one season, posting a 12-10 record in 1964. During his lone season as the head net boss for the Semioles, Scarpa coached Lex Wood, who is the first Florida State player to record 20 wins in a single year.

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