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Men’s Tennis Starts 2005 Dual Match Season in Paradise

Jan. 12, 2005

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#41 Florida State at Hawaii, Thursday (Jan. 13), 1:30 p.m. (EST)
UH Tennis Complex — Honolulu, Hawaii

#41 Florida State vs. #49 Oregon, Saturday (Jan. 15), 1 p.m. (EST)
UH Tennis Complex — Honolulu, Hawaii
FSU 2004 Record: (10-13, 3-5 ACC) UH (2005): (1-2) UO (2004): (9-11)

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Men’s Tennis Starts 2005 Dual Match Season in Paradise
While the calendar just flipped over to 2005 12 days ago, the spring season is about to unfold for the Florida State University men’s tennis team. The 41st-ranked Seminoles open the 2005 campaign with a pair of dual matches in Hawaii. First up for the Tribe is Hawaii on Thursday, January 13 at 1:30 p.m. (EST), followed by a 1 p.m. bout on Saturday, January 15, versus #49 Oregon.

Seminoles Ranked 41st in Preseason ITA Poll
Moving up six spots from its final position in the 2004 rankings, Florida State begins the year ranked 41st by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Sixteen of the Seminoles’ 20 opponents are ranked at the beginning of the year, including four in the top ten — Florida (4), Illinois (5), Duke (9), Virginia (10). Ten out of the 11 schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference are rated by the ITA.

Seminoles and Warriors Meet for First Time
Thursday will be the first meeting between the Seminoles and the Rainbow Warriors. Hawaii has played three matches already, posting a 1-2 record after losing to Arizona on January 11. Florida State is 2-7 in matches against the Western Athletic Conference, having lost three-straight since a 7-2 victory over SMU in 1992.

FSU Takes on First Ranked Opponent in Oregon
Last season, Florida State was 6-11 against ranked opponents and the Tribe wants to improve on the that mark. The Seminoles take on their first ranked foe when they meet Oregon for the first time in school history. FSU last meeting with a PAC-10 school came in a season-ending 4-3 loss to Arizona last year in the first round of the NCAA tournament. FSU is 0-3 versus the league.

Cloer Returns For Senior Year Seeking Third ACC Player of the Year Award
After flirting with turning pro after a successful run on the FUTURES Tour, two-time ACC Player of the Year Mat Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) returns for his final season. Unranked because he did not play in the fall, Cloer is trying to become the first player in league history to win POY three times. He posted a 21-13 mark and needs 26 wins this year to become the winningest singles player in school history.

Groslimond and Westerhof Expect Big Things in 2005
Left out of last year’s NCAA tournament, the junior doubles tandem of Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga.) and Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa) are out to make a name for themselves. The duo posted a 4-3 mark in the fall, including a win over the No. 28 team in the land from LSU.

Abougzir and Chang Add Spark to FSU Roster
Two new additions will have a big impact on the FSU roster this year. After sitting out last season in compliance with NCAA eligibility requirements, Ytai Abougzir (Boca Raton, Fla.) will take the court for the first time. Rookie Sam Chang (Young-Ming, Taiwan) went 2-2 in the fall and will bolster the Seminoles’ line-up.

Webb Looks to Continue Success After Strong Fall Senior
Chip Webb (Chattanooga, Tenn.) started his final season on the right foot with a 7-2 record during the fall campaign. He won six-straight matches to start the year and is going to battle for a spot in the line-up.

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