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Seminoles Get Technical This Week With Pair Of ACC Matches

April 7, 2005

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First Serve:
#26 Florida State Men’s Tennis (13-6 overall, 4-2 ACC)
at #45 Virginia Tech (13-5, 4-2), Friday, April 8, 2 p.m.
Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center – Blacksburg, Va.
vs. #34 Georgia Tech (10-7, 2-4), Sunday, April 10, 1 p.m.
Scott Speicher Tennis Center – Tallahassee, Fla.


Ground Strokes:
Seminoles Get Technical This Week With Pair Of ACC Matches
With two weeks remaining in the regular season, it’s crunch time for the Florida State University men’s tennis team. The No. 21 Seminoles are currently tied for third in the conference, but can separate themselves this weekend. FSU holds the tiebreaker over North Carolina and faces the other team in the three-way split, No. 45 Virginia Tech on Friday at 2 p.m. The Seminoles return to the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on Sunday (April 10) to take on No. 34 Georgia Tech at 1 p.m.


FSU Earns Highest Ranking In 10 Years With No. 21 Spot In ITA Poll
After beating its fourth Top 25 opponent of the year, the Seminoles ascended to the number 21 spot in the last ITA Poll. Florida State hasn’t been rated this high since the 1995 campaign when it held the number 16 slot after beating Florida. Senior Mat Cloer (Brevard, N.C) is 32nd in singles, while he and partner Ytai Abougzir (Boca Raton, Fla.) moved up one spot to No. 31. Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga.) and Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa) come in this week at No. 44.


Florida State Honors Members Of Armed Services At Georgia Tech Match
This Sunday (April 10), the men’s tennis team will honor the men and women in the military with Armed Services Appreciation Day during its match against Georgia Tech at 1 p.m. In between the doubles and singles matches, Florida State will recognize all the past and present members of the Armed Services in attendance.


Seminoles and Hokies Meet For First Time As ACC Foes Friday
For the first time as members of the ACC, Florida State and Virginia Tech will take the court against each other when the two squads meet Friday. This will be their second stint in the same conference as FSU won all three meetings when the two were in the Metro Conference. The last meeting between the two schools was a 6-2 Seminole triumph during the 1989 campaign. The Hokies have a pair of ranked singles players in Stephane Rod (No. 79) and Arvid Puranen (No. 111), while the two comprise the No. 38 doubles team in the land.


Trend Reversal On FSU’s Mind As Yellow Jackets Come To Town
During the first nine meetings with Georgia Tech, FSUwon nine of those contests, but the last six years the Yellow Jackets have turned the tables, winning six of nine, including last year’s 5-2 victory. Overall, FSU holds a 32-24 advantage with a 10-7 mark in ACC action. Jose Muguruza occupies the No. 24 spot in the ITA singles poll to go along with the No. 52 doubles tandem of Marko Rajevac and David North.


Cloer Earns Second ACC POW Honor; Faces World’s Top Doubles Player
For Mat Cloer, this week has already been a busy one and he has yet to take the court for the Seminoles. On Monday, the two-time ACC Player of the Year earned the second Player of the Week nod from the conference office after posting a pair of upsets as part of the Seminoles’ 7-0 romp over No. 18 Clemson. That night he played with Ytai Abougzir in the USTA Tallahassee Challenger where they lost Jan-Michael Gambill and John Paul Fruttero 6-4, 6-0. He came back Tuesday in singles to play Jonas Bjorkman, who was ranked as high as No. 4 in the world at one point. Despite hanging in with the world’s No. 1 doubles player, Cloer lost 6-4, 6-4.

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