April 17, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State men's tennis team will travel to Raleigh, N.C. Friday, April 18th, to take part in the 2003 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Tennis Championship. The third-seeded Seminoles will open tournament play against sixth-seeded Georgia Tech in the four-day tournament being held at the Millbrook Exchange Tennis Center. The match is scheduled to begin at 3:00 pm.
The Tribe earned a third-place seed after completing the regular season with an overall record of 13-9 and a conference record of 6-2. The third-place seed is the highest seed that Florida State squad has earned since 1996. In 1996, the Seminoles defeated Wake Forest in the first round of the tournament, before falling to the Duke Blue Devils in the second round.
In the first round of this year's tournament, 30th-ranked Florida State will face the 33rd-ranked Yellow Jackets. This will be the second time the two schools have met in the past six days. The Seminoles defeated the Ramblin' Wreck by a score of 4-3 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center when the two schools met during the regular season.
The Tribe and the Yellow Jackets have met 54 times in the history of the two schools, with Florida State leading the series, 31-23. Prior to Florida State's thrilling 4-3 victory this season, the Seminoles had not beaten Georgia Tech since 2000. Last season, the Yellow Jackets knocked Florida State out of the ACC Tournament in the first round, 4-0.
The Seminoles will be led by sophomore sensation Mat Cloer. Cloer has earned a 45th-place ranking this season, as he has compiled a record of 27-10. Senior Rodrigo Laub and Cloer pose a threat to competition in doubles action, as the dynamic duo is currently ranked 49th by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). Florida State also counts on juniors Alex Herrera and Romain Jurd, ranked 51st in the country, to contribute in doubles action.
The Yellow Jackets are led by senior Roger Anderson, who is currently ranked 23rd in the nation. Anderson has a record of 23-8 on the season. Scott Schnugg, currently ranked 102nd by the ITA, is another force on the Georgia Tech squad. Schnugg finished the season with a record of 25-13. Anderson and Schnugg are a threat to their opponents in doubles action, as the duo holds a record of 13-2 and is currently ranked 20th in the nation.
The winner of the opening round match will advance to the second round and will face either Clemson or the winner of the North Carolina/North Carolina State match. The second round match will be played Saturday, April 19th, at 1:00 pm.