Feb. 12, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
What you need to know: Who: #36 Florida State Men's Tennis What: Away Match at #35 South Florida When: Saturday, February 14 (1 p.m.) Where: Tampa, Fla. (USF Varsity Courts)
FSU LOOKS FOR SOME LOVE ON THE ROAD AGAINST THE BULLS: So far the only experience the Florida State University men’s tennis team has had on the road this year left a bitter taste in its mouth. The Seminoles’ lone road match of the year has been a 4-3 loss at #3 Florida. FSU (4-2) will try to get road win No. 1 on Saturday (February 14) when it travels to Tampa for a 1 p.m. match with South Florida at the USF Varsity Courts.
SERIES WITH SOUTH FLORIDA IS NECK AND NECK: In a series that dates back to 1969, Florida State and South Florida are only separated by one match. The Seminoles took a 19-18 advantage last season when they picked up a 5-2 victory in Tallahassee. The triumph was also the first for the Tribe under head coach Dwayne Hultquist in four attempts. Overall, the fifth-year net boss is 1-3 against the Bulls.
MILESTONE MAT: Over the weekend, junior Mat Cloer (Brevard, NC.) made several moves up the Florida State career carts. On Sunday against Texas Tech, his two victories moved him past Hall of Famer Joey Rive for eighth all-time with 122 combined victories. Cloer ranks ninth in school history with his 72 singles wins-one behind assistant Ty Braswell-and has moved into sole possession of third place with his 50 doubles triumphs, needing three more to break the record.
THIRD SETS GO FSU’S WAY IN 5-2 VICTORY OVER UCF: In order to get win number three, the Seminoles had to put in some overtime for a 5-2 victory over No. 75 Central Florida on Saturday (February 7). Four of the six singles’ contests went to a third set with Florida State taking three of the four to insure the victory. The win also moved Dwayne Hultquist past FSU Hall of Famer Don Loucks into fifth-place all-time with 54 coaching victories.
FLORIDA STATE RALLIES FOR DOUBLES POINT TO BEAT TEXAS TECH 5-2: Continuing the late match magic, Florida State rallied in two of the three doubles matches and carried the momentum from doubles to beat No. 61 Texas Tech 5-2 on Sunday (February 8). Facing match point at 7-6, the tandem of Mat Cloer and Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) came back to win 9-7 at No. 2 and secure the doubles point. FSU then won four of the six singles’ bouts.
WESTERHOF AND GROSLIMOND RACKING UP SINGLES VICTORIES: Already strong in doubles-ranked 15th in the country and undefeated in dual matches-Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga.) and Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa) are starting to find their groove in singles. Over the weekend, Groslimond won a pair of matches to up his winning streak to four, while Westerhof broke a three-match losing streak with two victories.
WEBB WINS TWICE AT NUMBER FOUR: Sunday, junior Chip Webb (Chattanooga, Tenn.) might have played his best match of the year when he beat Texas Tech’s Dinko Halachev 6-2, 6-4. Typifying FSU’s effort against UCF, Webb won a third-set tiebreaker 7-5 for a 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (5) victory over Simon Jaeger.