Jan. 18, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Building on the momentum from a pair of NCAA Tournament berths last season, the Florida State University men’s and women’s tennis teams will commence their 2005 dual match season with the Third Annual First Serve Banquet on Friday, January 21.
Held at the University Center Club on the Florida State campus, the banquet will take place in the Tom and Ginny Futch Ballroom. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. Cost of the tickets is $25 dollars. Full tables can be purchased for $200 or $225 for a table with one of the student-athletes. For more information, contact Gene Davidson at (850) 893-1828 or (850) 510-4040 or the men’s tennis office at (850) 644-1738.
The evening will feature the introduction of the 2004-05 squads with men’s coach Dwayne Hultquist and first-year women’s coach Jennifer Hyde giving a preview of the upcoming season. In addition, former men’s player and head coach Paul Scarpa and women’s player Lori Sowell will be the featured alumni guest speakers.
While the banquet is typically the first event of the season for the Seminoles, the men’s team is already off to a 2-0 start during the spring campaign. Ranked 41st in the nation, Florida State won both of its season-opening matches during a trip to Hawai’i last week, including a 5-2 decision over No. 49 Oregon.
The Tribe starts its home schedule on Saturday (January 22) with a 1 p.m. bout with Jacksonville at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. For the 31st-ranked women, the spring ledger kicks off the next day as the Seminoles play host to a doubleheader. Up first is a 10 a.m. bout with No. 41 Baylor, followed by a 2 p.m. affair with Georgia Southern.
The men’s team is coming off its second-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. 2003-04 was also the second year in a row that Mat Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) claimed ACC Player of the Year honors and he returns in an attempt to become the first player in league history to earn the honor three times. Also back is All-ACC selection, sophomore Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and the nationally-ranked doubles team of Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga.) and Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa.).
Beyond the normal excitement that comes with a new season, there’s a little bit more electricity in the air with the arrival of Hyde as the Seminoles’ new net boss. After a successful playing career in Tallahassee, Hyde has returned to take over a women’s squad that posted a record of 18-8 in 2003-04. Leading the squad on the court will be senior All-ACC selection Michaela Moldovan (Bucharest, Romania). After setting the school record with a 26-0 dual match record last year, Moldovan begins her last year ranked 42nd in the country.