Oct. 10, 2003
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. –
Like the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. For Florida State University men’s tennis players Jeff Groslimond and Chris Westerhof, it means the end of a great run at the ITA / Icy Hot All-American Championship. After winning seven-straight matches to begin the event, the duo lost to No. 3 Zoltan Csanadi and Izak van der Merwe of Old Dominion, 8-5, on Friday (October 10).
Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga. / Riverwood) and Westerhof (Durban, South Africa / Crawford College) had their shot to pull off the upset as they found themselves up 5-3 in the match. The ODU duo showed why they are the number three team in the country by breaking serve and then winning the next four matches to take the set.
“This shows that they can play with anyone in the country,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “We need to go back and work on some things, particularly our s0erving, but once we get that going there isn’t anyone in the country they can’t beat.”
The loss ends a remarkable run for the sophomore tandem. Last Thursday the duo joined 128 entries in the pre-qualifying draw. Over the next three days they won four matches to move into the qualifying draw. Victories on Tuesday and Wednesday put them into Thursday’s main draw as one of only two teams to make it from the pre-qualifier.
“Not too many teams have down what they have done, this should help set them up for a spot in the NCAA Tournament.” Hultquist noted. “They should be in major tournaments the rest of their career and somewhere down the line they are going to have a chance to win a grand slam title.”
On Thursday beat Brandon Gill and Kevin Gill of Butler to become the only entree from either the singles or doubles pre-qualifying draw to win a game in the main draw. The loss stops Groslimond and Westerhof’s ten-match winning streak that dates back to the first tournament of the year.
“The next big tournament coming up is in a few weeks and all the top teams from the ACC and this region are going to be there,” Hultquist added. “If they can grow and get better, than they are going to have an opportunity to win that tournament.”
The Seminoles are off for nearly two weeks in preparation for the ITA Mideast Championships. The tournament kicks of October 22 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Box Score Doubles #3 Csanadi / van der Merwe (ODU) d. Groslimon / Westerhof (FSU) 8-5