April 4, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State men's tennis team, currently ranked 37th nationally, will travel to the Tar Heel state this weekend, April 4-6, as the Seminoles are set to face the University of North Carolina and Duke University. The Tribe is scheduled to take on the 41st-ranked Tar Heels Friday, April 4th, and the 8th-ranked Duke Blue Devils Sunday, April 6th. The match against North Carolina will begin at 2:30 pm, while the Duke match will begin at 2:00 pm.
The 37th-ranked Seminoles enter the weekend with a record of 11-8 overall and 4-1 in the conference. Florida State is led by sophomore Mat Cloer. Cloer, with a record of 24-10, is ranked 70th in the country in singles. Cloer and senior teammate Rodrigo Laub pair up as the 35th-ranked doubles team nationally. Junior Romain Jurd ranks 104th nationally and boasts a record of 19-9 this season. Jurd pairs with Alex Herrera in doubles action. The duo of Herrera and Jurd is ranked 44th nationally and has a record of 20-7.
The weekend road trip will begin in Chapel Hill, N.C., as the Seminoles take on the University of North Carolina. The Tar Heels are currently ranked 41st in the nation with an overall record of 7-8 and an ACC record of 0-3. North Carolina is led by Trystan Meniane, who is ranked 43rd nationally and has a record of 18-9 in singles action. Menaine and teammate Nicholas Monroe pair up as a top 50 doubles team. The duo, ranked 45th, has a dual-match record of 13-7. Daniel Pinchbeck, ranked 105th in the country, has a dual-match record of 8-9.
The Seminoles and Tar Heels have met 26 times in the history of the two schools. North Carolina has a 21-5 advantage against the Tribe. Last season, the Tar Heels defeated Florida State in Tallahassee by a score of 6-1. The Seminoles last defeated North Carolina in 1997 at the ACC Tournament, when Florida State, led by Alex Golub, earned a 4-2 victory.
Following their trip to the University of North Carolina, the Seminoles will travel to Durham, N.C., to take on the 8th ranked Blue Devils of Duke. The Blue Devils have an overall record of 12-5 and 4-0 in the conference. Duke is led by 24th-ranked Phillip King, who boasts a record of 9-4 on the season in singles. Senior Michael Yani, ranked 30th by the ITA, presents a challenge to opponents, as he has only lost five matches this season in singles action and holds a record of 13-7. The duo of King and Yani are also a force in doubles, as they have a record of 13-3 and a rank eighth in the nation.
Florida State has competed against Duke 20 times in the history of the two schools. The Blue Devils lead the all-time series with a record of 17-3. Last season, Florida State fell to Duke in Tallahassee by a score of 5-2. The last Seminole victory against the Blue Devils came in 1996, when Ty Braswell defeated the 56th-ranked player in the country and led the Tribe to a 4-3 victory.
Following the weekend road trip, Florida State's squad will return home, as they host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Saturday, April 12th, at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. This will be the final home match for the Seminoles and is scheduled to begin at 1:00 pm.