April 18, 2003
RALEIGH, N.C. –
Florida State’s Mat Cloer became the first Seminole to ever earn the honor of Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, Thursday, April 17th. Cloer was the only member of the Florida State squad named to the All-ACC team. The 18-member team consisted of five players from top-seeded Duke, four Clemson players, three from North Carolina, two from Georgia Tech and Wake Forest and one from Florida State and Virginia.
Cloer coasted through the ACC, as he finished the season with a conference record of 7-1. The only blemish on Cloer’s otherwise perfect record was a loss to ACC Rookie of the Year Doug Stewart. The sensational sophomore, 45th in the latest ITA rankings, picked up wins over All-ACC teammates Roger Anderson (Georgia Tech), Phillip King (Duke), Trystan Meniane (North Carolina) and David Loewenthal (Wake Forest). Wins over Troy Demers (Maryland), Nathan Thompson (Clemson) and RJ Murray (NC State) round out Cloer’s conference wins.
The Brevard, N.C. native finished the season with an overall record of 27-10 and a record of 14-6 in dual-match play. Cloer recorded 10 wins and six losses against ranked players, including wins over 18th-ranked Hamid Mirzadeh of Florida and 23rd-ranked Anderson of Georgia Tech.