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Seminoles Try To Stop Three-Match Slide Against South Florida

Feb. 10, 2005

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First Serve:

#42 Florida State vs. #51 South Florida
Friday (February 11), 2 p.m.
Scott Speicher Tennis Center — Tallahassee, Fla.
FSU Record: (3-3, 0-0 ACC) / South Florida: (0-1)

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Seminoles Try To Stop Three-Match Slide Against South Florida
While the Florida State University men’s team may be on a three-game slide, it’s not like the Seminoles have been playing cream puffs as of late. Two of Florida State’s three losses have come to teams in the top five of the ITA rankings, along with No. 34 Notre Dame on the road. The Seminoles will try to get back on the winning track when they take on South Florida at 2 p.m. on Friday (February 11) at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.

Series Is Close With The Bulls
In terms of number of meetings, the FSU-USF rivalry is fourth in quantity, but in quality. With the 5-2 win during the 2003 campaign, the Seminoles squeaked ahead for a 19-18 advantage in the all-time series. The Bulls are one of only two state schools — along with Florida — to have a winning record (3-1) against the Seminoles under Dwayne Hultquist’s direction.

South Florida Has Well Balanced Line-Up
Even though it doesn’t have any ranked singles or doubles players, South Florida has a strong line-up from top to bottom as was evident in its 3-4 loss to Miami in its lone match of the season. Pulling off an upset of Miami’s No. 26 Josh Cohen was Uli Kiendl, while the Bulls also won at number five and six.

Close But No Cigar, Again, Against The Gators
The last two years the Seminoles have thrown everything and the kitchen sink at Florida, but each time the Gators have been able to hang on for the victory. Despite a pair of injuries, Florida State came within a point of beating UF as the Gators came away with the 4-3 victory on Sunday.

Amazing Comebacks Give Florida State Doubles Point Over UF
Within the first 20 minutes of the doubles matches against Florida, it appeared that FSU’s fate had been sealed as 32nd-ranked Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga.) and Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa) were down 4-0 at number two and the top tandem of Mat Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) and Ytai Abougzir (Boca Raton, Fla.) trailed 3-0. At number two, FSU went even went down 6-2 before winning seven of eight games for the 9-7 victory. Cloer and Abougzir rattled off four-straight wins for a 7-5 advantage and broke the Gators for the 9-7 triumph.

Cloer Comes Up With Two Big Wins
During their collegiate career, Mat Cloer and Florida’s Hamid Mirzadeh had split their singles match, but Cloer won the final regular-season meeting with his 6-3, 6-4 triumph. Before the fall season Mirzadeh, a 2004 NCAA All-American, was ranked fourth by the ITA, but fell out of the rankings like Cloer because he did not play during the fall campaign. Cloer also beat Mirzadeh at number one doubles. The two-time ACC Player of the Year is two singles wins short of tying Ty Braswell for seventh in school history at 73 triumphs.

Groslimond Continues Ascent Up Doubles List; Collects 100th Career Victory
With his win in doubles on Sunday, Jeff Groslimond tied Michael Ingham for seventh in school history with his 57th doubles victory. The win was also the 100th overall victory of his career, putting him just five wins short of Grand Slam doubles champion Paul Haarhuis.

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