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FSU Men’s Tennis Set to Host Princeton on Saturday

Jan. 28, 2004


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What you need to know:

Who: Florida State Men's Tennis
What: Home Match Versus Princeton
When: Saturday, January 31 (1 p.m.)
Where: Tallahassee, Fla.
(Scott Speicher Tennis Center)

FLORIDA STATE LOOKS TO SNAP TWO-MATCH SLIDE: A couple of points here or there and the Florida State University men’s tennis would be looking at a perfect 3-0 record with victories over two ranked opponents. Unfortunately, the ball hasn’t bounced the Seminoles’ way as of late. Florida State (1-2 overall) will try to even its record when it takes on Princeton Saturday (January 31) at 1 p.m. on the courts of the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.

SEMINOLES AND TIGERS MEET FOR ONLY SECOND TIME: Saturday’s match is only the second meeting between Florida State and Princeton. The Tigers took the only other contest, 6-3, during the 1981 season. The Seminoles are 8-1 against the Ivy League. FSU’s last match against an Ivy League school came in 2001 when it beat Brown 4-3. Princeton starts its spring campaign Friday (January 30) against Florida A&M.

SEMINOLES RANKED 36TH IN LATEST ITA POLL: Even though they were defeats at the hand of ranked opponents, they were enough to drop Florida State four spots in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll. The latest team rankings have the Seminoles 36th. The doubles tandem of Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga.) and Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa) are still rated 15th, and Mat Cloer (Brevard, N.C) holds down the No. 29 spot in singles.

SECOND ANNUAL FIRST SERVE BANQUET DRAWS OVER 300: The start of the spring schedule got off on a good note for both the men’s and women’s teams with the Second Annual First Serve banquet, held on January 23 at the Tom and Ginny Futch Ballroom on the Florida State campus. More than 300 people were in attendance, making it one of the largest collegiate tennis banquets in the country.

SUCUPIRA’S UPSET HIGHLIGHTS 4-3 LOSS AT FLORIDA: The silver lining in the Seminoles’ 4-3 loss at No. 3 Florida on Sunday (January 25) was the play of freshman Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) at No. 2 singles. The rookie took down the 2003 ITA Rookie of the Year and ninth-ranked Janne Holmia 6-4, 6-3. Jeff Groslimond also picked up a victory in singles, while the Seminoles took the doubles point.

CLOER GETS HIS REVENGE OVER SAN DIEGO’S YSERN: So far in his collegiate career, FSU’s Mat Cloer has never lost to a player twice in the same year. Despite a 4-2 loss to #42 San Diego on January 22, that streak is still alive. During the fall, the reigning Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year was beaten by USD’s Pierrick Ysern at the ITA Indoor Championships. Cloer turned the tables during the dual match, beating the 11th-ranked Ysern 6-3, 6-4.

SEMINOLES HAVE OPPONENTS SEEING DOUBLE: Through the first three matches, the Seminoles’ strength has been doubles as FSU has only dropped one match so far this year. The No. 15 tandem of Jeff Groslimond and Chris Westerhof is undefeated, while the duos of Mat Cloer and Jonathas Sucupira, as well as Chip Webb (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Jarrod Owen (Vero Beach, Fla.) each have a pair of victories.

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