Oct. 7, 2003
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. –
A journey that began five days ago is one match closer to being complete for Florida State University men’s tennis doubles team of Jeff Groslimond and Chris Westerhof. The duo won its first qualifying match of the ITA/Icy Hot All-American Championships on Tuesday (October 7) and is one triumph away from the main draw.
Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga. / Riverwood) and Westerhof (Durban, South Africa / Crawford College) made quick work of their first round opponent, beating Miha Lisac and Jamie Rodriguez of Georgia State, 8-1. The Seminoles now face sixth-seeded and nationally ranked Scott Green and Ross Wilson from Ohio State. The winner receives one of eight spots in Thursday’s main draw.
“I thought they played well,” FSU net boss Dwayne Hultquist said. “They took it too them early and never let up. The goal from the outset has been to get into the main draw and now they are one win away from that. Chris and Jeff learned a lot from their tiebreaker victory on Sunday and are moving forward.”
Of the 176 doubles teams entered into the tournament, 24 received byes into the main draw with two dozen more automatically in the qualifying round. That left 128 pre-qualifying teams, including Groslimond and Westerhof, that had to win four matches during the pre-qualifier in order to advance to the qualifier.
From the outset of the match it was evident that Florida State was in control. The Seminoles won 12 of the first 13 points and jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead before Georgia State took its only game. Committing only six return errors for the entire match helped Florida State break the Panthers’ serve three times.
“The team they play tomorrow is in the national rankings and it will be a good opportunity for them,” Hultquist added. “Tomorrow’s match will give them a good idea of where they stand amongst the top teams in the country and what they need to do to move up in the rankings.”
Undefeated in doubles this year, Groslimond and Westerhof will go for their ninth win in a row on Wednesday (October 8) at 11 a.m. on the courts at the Champions Club. If they advance to the main draw they would play their next match on Thursday.
Groslimond/Westerhof (FSU) d. Lisac/Rodriguez (GSU) 8-1