Feb. 23, 2004
FT. WORTH, Texas –
Somewhere down the line, the tough losses that the Florida State University men’s tennis team has incurred will pay off. The Seminoles were on the brink of pulling off an upset against No. 13 TCU, but the hosts took the final singles match and the team victory 4-3 on Sunday (February 22).
For the second-straight match, the 36th-ranked Seminoles (4-4 overall) found themselves down 1-0 after the doubles point. The Horned Frogs (8-0 overall) won all three matches with two going down to the wire. TCU’s No. 19 doubles tandem of Rafael Abreu and Farizio Sestini defeated Florida State’s 15th-ranked team of Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga.) and Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa) 9-7 at No. 1 doubles.
The third doubles match was just as close with Jacob Martin and Alex Menichini coming away with the identical score for a win over Jarrod Owen (Vero Beach, Fla.) and Chip Webb (Chattanooga, Tenn.). In another close contest, FSU’s No. 2 double team of Mat Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) and Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) fell 8-6 to Hector Alamada and Jacopo Tezza
TCU increased its lead to 2-0 when Robert Gallman beat Owen 6-2, 6-3 at No. 6 singles. Florida State got on the board when #29 Cloer chalked up his 73 career victory-tying with assistant coach Ty Braswell for eighth all-time-by defeating No. 44 Menichini 6-4, 7-5.
Giving the hosts another two-point advantage was 75th-ranked Sestini as he pulled out a 6-3, 7-6 victory over Groslimond at number two. Florida State evened the match as it won back-to-back points when Sucupira beat Tezza 7-6, 6-4 at No. 3 and Westerhof won his number five match 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 over Martin.
Everything came down to the number four match as Webb and Abreu would decide who would claim the team victory. Abreu jumped out to a 6-3 victory in the first set, but Webb swung the momentum back his way by winning the second set 7-5. In the deciding set, Abreu rallied on his home court to win the set and the match 6-2 and give TCU the win.
Florida State returns home to the Scott Speicher Tennis this weekend for a pair of non-conference matches. First up for the Seminoles on Friday (February 27) is a 5 p.m. bout with 44th-ranked Michigan, followed by a 3 p.m. affair Saturday versus Furman.
1. #19 Abreu/Sestini (TCU) def.
#15 Groslimond/Westerhof (FSU) 9-7
2. Almada/Tezza (TCU) def.
Cloer/Sucupira (FSU) 8-6
3. Martin/Menichini (TCU) def.
Owen/Webb (FSU) 9-7
Order of Finish: 2, 1*, 3* Clinching point
1. #29 Mat Cloer (FSU) def. #44 Alex Menichini (TCU) 6-4, 7-5
2. #75 Fabrizio Sestini (TCU) def. Jeff Groslimond (FSU) 6-3, 7-6
3. Jonathas Sucupira (FSU) def. Jacopo Tezza (TCU) 7-6, 6-4
4. Rafael Abreu (TCU) def. Chip Webb (FSU) 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
5. Chris Westerhof (FSU) def. Jacob Martin (TCU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
6. Robert Gallman (TCU) def. Jarrod Owen (FSU) 6-2, 6-3
Order of Finish: 6, 1, 2, 3, 5, 4*