May 1, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State men's tennis team, currently ranked 31st in the nation, will take on 30th-ranked Miami in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles and Hurricanes will join the 2nd-ranked Florida Gators and the Central Florida Golden Knights at the Gainesville Regional. The match between Miami and Florida State will be played May 10th at Linder Stadium at the Ring Tennis Complex and is scheduled to begin at 1:00 pm.
"This regional will be one of the toughest in the tournament," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "There will be three top-35 programs participating in Gainesville."
The Seminoles will face two familiar foes in Gainesville. Florida and Miami traveled to Tallahassee in February this year. The Hurricanes extended their advantage in the all-time series to 43-6, as Miami defeated Florida State, 5-2. The Gators defeated the Tribe by a score of 6-1 and extended their lead in the all-time series to 43-19. The Seminoles did not face the Central Florida Golden Knights this season. Florida State leads Central Florida in the all-time series with a record of 8-0
The Seminoles enter the tournament with an overall record of 14-10 and a 7-3-conference record. Florida State is led by ACC Player of the Year Mat Cloer. Cloer, currently ranked 34th in the country, boasts a record of 25-10 in singles action. Alex Herrera and Romain Jurd lead the Tribe in doubles play. The duo is currently ranked 60th in the nation and holds a record of 22-12.
The Hurricanes enter the tournament with a 13-7 and a national ranking of 31. Miami is led by 21st ranked Todd Widom. Widom boasts a record of 22-8. Andrew Golub and Colin Purcell lead the Hurricanes in doubles action, as they have a record of 13-7 and currently rank 30th nationally.
Florida, with a record of 22-4 and 13-1 in the conference, will have the advantage in the tournament, as the Gators are hosting the tournament. The Gators are led by 6th-ranked Janne Holmia. Holmia has compiled an impressive record of 35-8 over the span of the season. Leading the way for Florida in doubles action is Hamid Mirzadeh and Chris McDonald. The tandem from the Swamp currently ranks 16th and boasts a record of 12-12.
Central Florida enters the tournament with no ranked players, but the Golden Knights are a solid team. The Knights claimed their first ever Atlantic Sun Conference title this season. Central Florida has a record of 20-3. Central Florida is led by Ener Gursoy, as he has accumulated a singles record of 20-8. In doubles action, Catalin Brada and Antonio Sierra lead the Golden Knights in doubles play with a record of 17-4.
The winner of the Florida State/Miami match will advance to take on the winner of the Florida/Central Florida. The regional championship match is scheduled to be played Sunday, May 11th at 1:00 pm.
Tickets for the NCAA First and Second Round matches played in Gainesville may be purchased in advance or on the day of the tournament. An all-session pass is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for senior citizens, college students, or children under 17. Singles day tickets for Friday and Saturday are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for senior citizens, college students, or children under 17. Single day tickets for Sunday are $3.00 for everyone.