March 20, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State men's tennis team is set to host two matches this weekend at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center, including their fourth conference match of the season. The Seminoles will open play Friday, March 21st, when they host the University of South Florida at 2:30 pm. The Tribe will return to action Saturday, March 22, when the Terrapins of Maryland visit Tallahassee for an ACC battle. The match against Maryland is scheduled for 1:00 pm.
The Seminoles, currently ranked 45th in the nation, enter the weekend's matches with a record of 8-8 overall and 2-1 in the conference. The Seminoles are led by junior Romain Jurd, who has a record of 18-8 in singles action and is ranked 91st nationally. Sophomore Mat Cloer, ranked 120th, enters this weekend's competition with a singles record of 18-9. Florida State is led in doubles action by Alex Herrera and Jurd. Herrera and Jurd are currently ranked 45th and boast a record of 20-9. Freshmen Jeff Groslimond and Chris Westerhof have started their careers at Florida State in an impressive fashion, as they have a doubles record of 11-4 and rank 56th nationally.
The Seminoles and the Bulls will face off for the 37th time in the history of the two schools Friday. Currently the teams are tied in the all-time series with 18 wins a piece. Last season, the Tribe fell to South Florida in Tampa, Fla., by a score of 6-1. The last time the Seminoles defeated the Bulls was in 1994, when Florida State knocked off South Florida, 5-2.
The Bulls are currently ranked 36th in the country and hold a record of 11-3. Paco Antelo leads South Florida's squad, as he is currently ranked 101st. The duo of Antelo and Rihato Silveira are a force for the Bulls in doubles action. Antelo and Silveira, ranked 27th, boast a record of 12-2 in doubles action this season.
Florida State will meet the Maryland Terrapins Saturday, March 22nd, for the 14th time in school history. The Seminoles have only lost one match to the Terrapins, as they have a 12-1 advantage in the all-time series. Last season, the Tribe overpowered Maryland by a score of 7-0.
The Terrapins are not ranked in the national polls, but are a dangerous team, as they have a record of 9-4 on the season. Maryland relies senior Chris Chiu and sophomore David Reichsfeld to lead the Terrapin team into action each week.
The Seminoles will return to action Saturday, March 29th, when Florida State hosts the University of Virginia at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on the campus of Florida State University. The match is scheduled to begin at 1:00 pm.