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Seminole Men’s Tennis Travels To Tar Heel State For ACC Tournament

April 20, 2005

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First Serve:
#25 Florida State Men’s Tennis (16-6 overall, 7-2 ACC)
at ACC Tournament
Thursday-Sunday, April 21-24
Cary Tennis Center – Cary, N.C.


Ground Strokes:
Seminoles Travel To Tar Heel State For ACC Tournament

With the regular season concluded, the Florida State University men’s tennis team now turns its sights to this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. By virtue of finishing third in the regular season, the No. 25 Seminoles received a bye for Thursday’s first round and will take on the winner of the Georgia Tech vs. Miami match on Friday at (April 22) 6 p.m. at the Cary Tennis Center, in Cary, N.C.


Tournament Turnaround In Order For Seminoles
For all the wrong reasons, Florida State has gotten a jump on preparing for the NCAA Tournament in recent years as it has bowed out of the league summit early. Under Dwayne Hultquist, the Tribe has only accumulated a 1-5 record in the ACC Tournament. FSU’s only win was a 4-3 win over Georgia Tech in 2003. Overall, Florida State has a 7-13 tournament record and has never advanced past the quarterfinals. In the 13 previous years, the Seminoles have faced Clemson the most (five matches) and hold a pair of wins over Georgia Tech and Wake Forest.


Tribe Goes For Second Win Versus Either Georgia Tech Or Maryland
Irregardless of who they play in the quarterfinals, Florida State will go for its second victory of the year against either Georgia Tech or Maryland. The Seminoles faced the Yellow Jackets just two weeks ago, coming away victorious 5-2. Maryland fell victim to the Seminoles 7-0 on March 23.


FSU Concludes Regular Season With Most Wins Since 1998
Friday’s win over Miami gave the Seminoles their 16th of the year, the highest single-season total during Dwayne Hultquist’s six-year tenure, and the most since the 1998 edition won 17 matches. FSU’s .727 winning percentage is the best since the 1985 squad had an .862 clip with a 25-4 record. The seven conference wins matches the 1995 team for the most triumphs.


Florida State And Wake Forest Share ACC’s Best Improvement
After winning only three conference matches all of last, FSU’s 133 percent improvement is the best in the league along with Wake Forest as both schools went from just a trio wins to seven in 2005. Overall, the Seminoles’ six-win improvement is second by NC State, who has improved by nine victories from a year ago.


In-State Battle Goes Seminoles Way In 5-2 Win Over Miami
With the number three seed for the ACC Tournament hanging in the balance, the Seminoles put away any outside thoughts and took care of Miami 5-2 on Friday. Florida State won the doubles point then took three of the first four doubles matches. Even though Miami is way ahead in the all-time series (43-9), Florida State has won four of the last five matches.


Doubles Dominance
It’s not often that you can claim to be the best at something, but when it comes to winning the doubles point, Florida State is unmatched. Against Miami, Florida State won doubles for the 21st time in 22 matches and ran its streak to 17-straight. No school in the country can match the Seminoles’ .954 winning percentage in doubles. The only team to take the opening point from FSU is Notre Dame. FSU is 53-10 in doubles matches this year and 22-5 against the ACC.


Player Notes:
Mat Cloer – Brevard, N.C – #1 Singles

The Skinny: Two-time ACC Player of the Year and three-time All-ACC…Currently ranked 29 in ITA Poll…Ranks fifth in school history with 80 singles wins and sixth with 145 combined wins…Has only lost three matches in a row once in his career…13-8 on the year…Took fall semester off to play on the FUTURES Tour…Played Jonas Bjorkman in the first round of Tallahassee Challenger (April 5).


Ytai Abougzir – Boca Raton, Fla. – #2 Singles
The Skinny: Has won seven of his last nine singles matches…13-8 singles record…Beat Duke’s #96 Stokke for first win over ranked player…Sat out 2004 season in compliance with NCAA eligibility rules…Leads team with six ACC wins.


Jonathas Sucupira – Sao Paulo, Brazil – #3 Singles
The Skinny: Spent most of season recovering from a shoulder injury sustained last season…Has moved up from number five to number three in the singles line-up…All-ACC in 2004…7-8 in singles…Has won three of his last four matches.


Chris Westerhof – Durban, South Africa – #4 Singles
The Skinny: Tops on the team with 21 singles victories, only 19th player in school history to reach 20 wins…21-9 overall, 16-5 in dual matches, including 14-4 at number four…Won 13 of last 16 matches, including an 11-match winning streak…Tied for seventh in school history with 68 doubles wins…Has pair of wins over ranked players.


Jeff Groslimond – Atlanta, Ga. – #5 Singles
The Skinny: One win away from joining FSU 20-win club at 19-8…Tops on the team with seven three-set victories…Ranked as high as No. 81 in the country (3/1)…Has played positions 2-5 in the line-up…Rates fifth in school history with 71 doubles wins and ninth with 123 combined wins.


Sam Chang – Young-Ming, Taiwan – #6 Singles
The Skinny: Has won seven of his last nine matches…third on the team with a 15-9 record…Played both five and six positions…4-2 record in three-set matches…Five ACC wins most by a freshman since Jeff Groslimond in 2003.


Chip Webb – Chattanooga, Tenn. – #6 Singles
The Skinny: Named All-ACC as Flight 6 singles champion with best winning percentage in the ACC at 5-1 (.833)…Also has highest percentages on the team for overall: 15-4 (.789) and dual: 8-2 (.800) matches…Has won seven of his last eight matches.


Cloer/Abougzir – #1 Doubles
The Skinny: Ranked 31st in the country…16-4 overall and dual match record, 7-2 in the league, the second most in the league…Have won eight of last nine matches…9-4 mark at number one…3-2 versus ranked team and 2-0 in tiebreakers…Posted 9-8 (4) victory over No. 4 DeHeart/Jones of Illinois


Groslimond/Westerhof – #2 Doubles
The Skinny: Ranked 38th in the country…23-5 on the year, tied for sixth on single-season list…Hold the single-season record with 26 wins in 2004…19-2 in dual matches…Most successful doubles team in school history with 67 victories…Ranked 10th in the country during the fall…7-1 ACC record, second most wins…11-1 record overall at number two.


Sucupira/Chang – #3 Doubles
The Skinny: Winners of nine-straight matches…Hold a 12-3 record at number three doubles…13-3 record overall…played one match at number two…6-1 record in the conference…Won at number three against Notre Dame in the only match that Florida State lost the doubles point.

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