April 15, 2004
What you need to know: Who: #44 Florida State Men's Tennis What: ACC Tournament versus #10 Virginia When: Friday (April 16), 3 p.m. Where: Raleigh, N.C. (Millbrook Exchange Tennis Center)
SECOND SEASON BEGINS FOR FLORIDA STATE IN RALEIGH: With the regular season complete, the second season begins on Friday for the 44th-ranked Florida State University men’s tennis team. The Seminoles open play in the 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament at 3 p.m. when they take on 10th-ranked Virginia. Florida State (10-11 overall, 3-5 ACC) comes into the tournament as the seventh seed. The Cavaliers (19-3, 7-1) tied North Carolina for the regular season championships, but drew the number two seed as their only loss during the league ledger came to the Tar Heels. If Florida State advances to Saturday’s semifinals, it would face the winner of the Duke-Wake Forest match.
ONE IS GOOD, BUT TWICE IS NICE AS CLOER REPEATS AS ACC POY: This season Mat Cloer’s (Brevard, NC) name became synonymous with the best players in the history of Florida State men’s tennis. Now he’s adding his name to an elite list of illustrious players in the ACC. The junior became just the third player in conference history to repeat with the league’s top award as he was named ACC Player of the Year. He joins Virginia’s Brian Vahaly (2000-01) and David Caldwell (1994-96) of North Carolina to repeat as the loop’s top player.
During the 2004 campaign Cloer has made his mark on a national level with several wins over some of the nation’s best players. He started his third season off with a bang by beating second-ranked Bo Hodge of Georgia. Overall he has nine victories over ranked players, including three versus the top 15. Cloer currently sits 18th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings.
CLOER AND SUCUPIRA EARN ALL-ACC HONORS: Since taking over the program five years ago, Dwayne Hultquist has continued to raise the level of the program. The first symbol of this was the Seminoles’ victory over fourth-ranked Duke. The latest accomplishment by the Tribe is earning a pair of All-ACC selection as Mat Cloer and Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) gave FSU its first multiple winners since 1995. Sucupira is the first Seminole rookie to earn the award since Ken McKenzie in 1992.
GROSLIMOND AND WESTERHOF TAKE DOWN DOUBLES RECORD: In the final match of the regular season, Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga.) and Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa) needed just one more win to break the three-way tie atop the single-season doubles list. The No. 19 duo in the country produced the Seminoles’ lone win in doubles against Notre Dame as they beat Luis Haddock and Matthew Scott 9-7. The FSU tandem picked up win No. 26 in dramatic fashion as it battled back from 7-4 deficit to win the match.
SEMINOLES LOOK TO REVERSE 4-3 LOSS TO VIRGINIA IN REGULAR SEASON: Florida State got solid play from the top of its line-up in the first meeting, but that wasn’t enough as the Cavillers prevailed 4-3 in Charlottesville, Va., on March 9. The Seminoles won both number one and two single and doubles, but the host took matches three through six in straight sets. During doubles, Jeff Groslimond and Chris Westerhof blew through the then No. 17 tandem on Ryan Rizza and Nick Meyther. In singles, Mat Cloer defeated No. 24 Doug Stewart 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. Currently, Stewart is rated #21, but the doubles team has slid to 31st.