April 12, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State men's tennis team, currently ranked 39th in the nation, hosted 25th-ranked Georgia Tech Saturday, April 12th, at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on the Florida State University campus. After falling behind early in the match, the Seminoles fought back to earn a 4-3 victory against the Yellow Jackets. With the win, the Tribe improves to 13-9 overall and 6-2 in the ACC, while Tech falls to 12-8 and 3-5 in the conference.
The Seminoles struggled in doubles action, as they allowed the Jackets to take two of three matches. Florida State's 49th-ranked doubles team of Mat Cloer and Rodrigo Laub were defeated in No. 2 doubles by Marko Rajevac and Joao Menano of Georgia Tech by a score of 8-4. At the No. 1 position, juniors Alex Herrera and Romain Jurd, ranked 51st in the country, fell to 20th-ranked Roger Anderson and Scott Schnugg of Georgia Tech, 8-5. Freshmen Chris Westerhof and Jeff Groslimond, playing at the No. 3 position, earned the Seminoles' only point in doubles play, as they knocked off Georgia Tech's Trevor McLeod and West Nott by a score of 8-6.
After falling in the doubles portion of the match, the Seminoles faced the challenge of winning four of six singles matches to clinch the victory. Sophomore Cloer, currently ranked 45th in the nation, got the Seminoles off to a strong start and tied the score at one, as he overpowered 23rd-ranked Anderson of Georgia Tech by scores of 6-3, 6-2. The Yellow Jackets quickly regained their one-point advantage, as Florida State's Westerhof, playing at the No. 3 position, fell to Georgia Tech junior Joao Menano, 6-4, 6-2. Senior Laub, playing in his last match at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center, was too much for Rajevac of Georgia Tech, as he defeated the freshman in No. 6 singles, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. At the No. 2 position, Florida State's Jurd was defeated by 102nd-ranked Schnugg of Georgia Tech, 7-6 (4), 7-5. In a battle on court five, Groslimond, a native of Atlanta, Ga., defeated Georgia Tech's McLeod by scores of 6-4, 6-7 (8), 7-5.
With the score tied at three, the match would be decided in a battle at the No. 4 position. Chip Webb fell to Georgia Tech junior Nott, 6-3 in the first set of his match, but earned a 6-3 victory in the second set, which sent the match to a deciding third set. The Florida State sophomore clinched the victory for the Tribe, as he defeated Nott in a third set tiebreak, 7-6 (4).
The Seminoles will return to action April 17-20, when Florida State will compete at the ACC Championships. The Tournament will be held at the Millbrook Exchange Tennis Center in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. The first match of the tournament is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m.
Final Box Score:
Florida State 4
Georgia Tech 3
No. 1 Mat Cloer (FSU) d. Roger Anderson (GT) 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 Scott Schnugg (GT) d. Romain Jurd (FSU) 7-6 (4), 7-5
No. 3 Joao Menano (GT) d. Chris Westerhof (FSU) 6-4, 6-2
No. 4 Chip Webb (FSU) d. West Nott (GT) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4)
No. 5 Jeff Groslimond (FSU) d. Trevor McLeod (GT) 6-4, 6-7 (8), 7-5
No. 6 Rodrigo Laub (FSU) d. Marko Rajevac (GT) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
Order of finish: 1, 3, 6, 2, 5, 4*
No. 1 Anderson/Schnugg (GT) d. Alex Herrera/Jurd (FSU) 8-5
No. 2 Rajevac/Menano (GT) d. Cloer/Laub (FSU) 8-4
No. 3 Westerhof/Groslimond (FSU) d. McLeod/Nott (GT) 8-6
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3