March 3, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
What you need to know: Who: #42 Florida State Men's Tennis What: ACC Opener at Maryland When: Sunday, March 7 (12 p.m.) Where: College Park, Md. (The Tennis Center at College Park)
FLORIDA STATE OPENS CONFERENCE SCHEDULE VERSUS TERRAPINS: Every match up to this point for the Florida State University men’s tennis team has been a tune-up for what is about to begin this weekend. The Seminoles start Atlantic Coast Conference action this weekend when they travel to College Park, Md., to take on Maryland. Florida State starts a three-game road swing with a 12 p.m. match at the Tennis Center at College Park.
SEMINOLES GO FOR FIRST ROAD VICTORY OF 2004: Leaving Tallahassee has been a tough tasks for the Seminoles this year. Florida State is 0-3 on the road this season, but they haven’t been traveling down a prim rose path. All three of the Seminoles road opponents this year have been ranked in the top 25. In two of three contest-coming against #3 Florida and #13 TCU-FSU came up just short, falling 4-3 in both instances.
FLORIDA STATE TRIES TO REMAIN PERFECT AGAINST THE TERPS: Since joining the conference in 1992, Florida State has never come out on the losing end of a contest with Maryland. The Seminoles are a perfect 13-0 and the last 12 matches haven’t had much doubt. The Tribe have not dropped a single match to the Terrapins since the inaugural meeting in 1992, a streak of 81-straight victories. Florida State took the inaugural contest 5-2.
HOME COOKING RESULTS IN PAIR OF VICTORIES: Getting back into Leon County was just what the doctor ordered for the Seminoles. Florida State broke out of a two-match slide last weekend with a pair of victories. Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) won the last match on the court to give the Tribe a 4-3 victory over #46 Michigan on Friday (Feb. 27). The following day, Florida State prevailed in five of the six singles matches to beat Furman 5-2.
WESTERHOF CONTINUES TO ROLL: The fifth-spot in the Florida State line-up has been almost automatic the last three weeks. Sophomore Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa) has won his last six matches, including two over the weekend. Westerhof has moved up to number two on the team with 11 victories. In doubles action, he and his playing partner Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga.) are ranked 48th in the country at 18-5.
CLOER AND SUCUPIRA SWEEP WEEKEND MATCHES: Only two Seminoles tasted victory all four times last weekend against Michigan and Furman. Doubles partners Mat Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) and Jonathas Sucupira were the only tandem to win twice, while both took their singles matches. Included in Cloer’s two triumphs was a 6-4, 6-4 win over #40 Michael Rubin of Michigan. Cloer, ranked 25th in the nation, is one doubles victory short of moving into tenth all-time in school history, while his 60 singles triumphs are just outside the top ten.
OWEN AND GROSLIMOND WIN BIG POINTS AGAINST FURMAN: With the match tied at one-point with Furman, senior Jarrod Owen (Vero Beach, Fla.) gave the Seminoles the lead with his 6-2, 7-5-including a run of six-straight games to take the first set-win at No. 6. Closing out the match at No. 3 was Jeff Groslimond as he battled back from down 4-1 to win the second set 7-5.