October 22, 2003 - by
FSU Men’s Tennis Players Advance on Day One of ITA Mideast Regional

Oct. 22, 2003

Deuces were wild for the Florida State University men’s tennis team during day one of the qualifying round of the Omni Hotels / ITA Indoor Mideast Regional. Thursday (Oct. 22), the Seminoles won a pair of singles matches and two doubles contests at North Carolina’s Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. Unfortunately they also dropped two matches in each draw.

“It was a solid day for us,” FSU net boss Dwayne Hultquist said. “There were a couple of matches that I thought we still could have won, but overall it was a good day.”

Getting the day started in singles was Joao Paolo Bounassar (Maringa Parana, Brazil / Colegio Marista) as he defeated Justin Reid of North Carolina A&T, 6-1, 6-1. Continuing on with him in singles is sophomore Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa / Crawford College) as he took down Campbell’s Carlos Campo 6-4, 7-6 (3).

Then in the evening, the doubles team of Mat Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) and Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil / Colegio Megga) made quick work of the Norfolk State’s Jacub Novack and Kaumba Sakabuyi as they won 8-3. That same score propelled Chip Webb (Chattanooga, Tenn. Naples) and Joe Bassett (Monticello, Fla. / Aucilla Christen Academy) past Jonah Fliegelman and Guillame Tarralle of American. Duke’s Peter Rodrigques and Jonathan Stokke turned that score around on Webb and Bassett as they ended their run with an 8-3 loss.

“It’s good for Mat to be playing doubles because it allows him to get use to the court,” Hultquist added. “The longer the tournament goes the better he will get in this environment so playing the doubles matches will help him in singles. Jonathas was a little disappointed after his singles match, but he came back and played strong. That shows a lot of character.”

Sucupira picked up his play in doubles after dropping a tough singles match. The Seminole rookie fell 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 to William & Mary’s Alex Fish. Fish’s teammate Colin O’Brien beat Bassett 6-0, 6-1. In his collegiate debut, Jason Hood (Columbia, S.C.) fell 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 to Korick Toltsan of Campbell. Bounassar and Hood fought hard in the doubles bout before dropping a 9-7 decision to Virginia’s Burak Ahmed and Darrin Cohen.

“One disadvantage we have is that with the great weather in Tallahassee we don’t get to play indoors,” Hultquist noted. “It’s a little different game. The ball is quicker and you have to adjust to the surroundings with backdrops and the noise. It’s a little different, but we’ve done a good job adjusting.”

Thursday’s action begins for FSU at 9:30 a.m. when Bounassar plays Georgia Tech’s Trevor McLeod. Westerhof follows 15 minutes later when he takes on North Carolina’s Ben Aiken. One doubles match is on tap for FSU as Cloer and Sucupira take on the Tar Heel tandem of Jonathan Janda and Brad Pomeroy at 3 p.m.

Eight singles entries and four double teams advance to the tournament’s main draw. Cloer and Sucupira only need one more win to make the main draw, while Bounassar and Westerhof are two victories away in singles. Cloer is already in the singles main draw as the number one seed, while Westerhof and his partner Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga. / Riverwood) hold down the number nine seed. Groslimond and Webb also received byes to the singles main draw.

Box Score
Joao Paolo Bounassar (FSU) d. Justin Reid (NCA&T) 6-1, 6-1
Chris Westerhof (FSU) d. Carlos Campo (CAMP) 6-4, 7-6 (3)
Alex Fish (W&M) d. Jonathas Sucupira (FSU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
Colin O'Brien (W&M) d. Joe Bassett (FSU) 6-0, 6-1
Zorick Toltsan (CAMP) d. Jason Hood (FSU) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5

Doubles Cloer/Sucupira (FSU) d. Novac/Sakaguyi (NSU) 8-2 Bassett / Webb (FSU) d. Fliegelman/Tarralle (AMER) 8-3 Rodrigues/Stokke (DUKE) d. Bassett / Webb (FSU) 8-3 Ahmed/Cohen (UVA) d. Bounassar/Hood (FSU) 9-7

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