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Seminoles Men’s Tennis Begin Home Campaign Saturday With Jacksonville

Jan. 21, 2005

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First Serve:
#41 Florida State vs. Jacksonville
Saturday (Jan. 22), 1 p.m. (EST)
Scott Speicher Tennis Center — Tallahassee, Fla.
FSU Record: (2-0, 0-0 ACC) / JU: (0-2
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Ground Strokes:
Seminoles Begin Home Campaign Saturday With Jacksonville

After starting the 2005 dual meet schedule in paradise, the Florida State University men’s tennis team returns to Tallahassee for its first home matches of the season. The Seminoles play their first match at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on Saturday (January 22) when they play host to Jacksonville at 1 p.m.


FSU Looks To Remain Undefeated In Home Opener
During Hultquist Era Since Dwayne Hultquist took over the men’s program in 1999-2000, the Seminoles have never lost a home opener, posting a 5-0 mark. Last season, Florida State started with a 6-1 triumph against Stetson. In five season under Hultquist’s direction, Florida State is 40-24 at home, including an 8-6 mark last year.


Florida State Looks For 17th-Straight Versus Dolphins
The last time Jacksonville defeated Florida State, the only one associated with the current program that was alive was head coach Dwayne Hultquist. The Dolphins’ last win was a 5-4 triumph, JU’s only win in the series, during the 1978 season. Since then, Florida State has rattled off 16-straight wins as part of its 24-1 advantage in the series. The last meeting between the two programs came during the 2002 season when FSU won 7-0. FSU has swept the last two meetings and has only surrendered one point to JU in the last three contests.


Seminoles Open Dual Meet Season With 7-0 Win Versus Hawai’i
Snapping a string of seven-straight losses that dates back to last season, Florida State opened the 2005 campaign with a 7-0 win over Hawai’i. It was the fifth time in six seasons under Dwayne Hultquist that FSU has opened the year with a win and the third sweep. Florida State was strong at the bottom of the line-up where it only dropped four games in matches four, five and six.


First Ranked Opponent Falls As FSU beats #49 Oregon 5-2
An early-season meeting with 49th-ranked Oregon worried coach Hultquist, but the Seminoles put his mind at ease with a 5-2 decision over the Ducks in Hawai’i. The win was Florida State’s first in four tries against the PAC-10. Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga.), Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa) and Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) all won both their singles and doubles matches.


Sucupira Comes Through Against the Ducks
Originally coach Hultquist only wanted to play Jonathas Sucupira in doubles during the trip to Hawai’i as he continued to rehab his right shoulder. Unfortunately, he didn’t have that option against Oregon as an injury to Chip Webb (Chattanooga, Tenn.) forced Sucupira into the line-up at No. 6. The All-ACC selection came through with a 7-6, 6-4 decision over Vlad Pino to clinch the team victory.


FSU Strong In Doubles Play In Paradise
Getting Florida State off on the right foot in both matches in Hawai’i was the play of the doubles teams. The Seminoles won all six of its doubles matches, including the contest against the Rainbow Warriors in which the Tribe only lost six games in three matches. Teaming up with Ytai Abougzir (Boca Raton, Fla.) to win two matches at number one, Two-Time ACC Player of the Year Mat Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) moved into a tie with Rodrigo Laub for ninth in school history with 51 career doubles triumphs. Chris Westerhof notched his 50th doubles win against Oregon.

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