May 9, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State men's tennis team will travel to Gainesville, Fla. Saturday, May 10th, to take on the Miami Hurricanes in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The match between the Seminoles and the Hurricanes will take place at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Florida at 1:00 pm. The Tribe enters the contest with a record of 14-10, while the 'Canes boast a 13-7 record on the season.
Florida State and Miami met once during the regular season in 2002. While the match between the Seminoles and the Hurricanes was close, Miami pulled off a 5-2 victory in Tallahassee. The Tribe last knocked off the Hurricanes in 2002, when Florida State earned a 6-1 victory on its home court. Although the two teams have split the last two matches, the all-time series is lop-sided, with Miami holding a 43-6 advantage against the Seminoles.
The Florida State squad enters the tournament ranked 31st in the nation. The Seminoles will head into the match against Miami, led by sophomore sensation Mat Cloer. Cloer, currently ranked 34th, earned ACC Player of the Year honors after a successful season playing at the No. 1 singles position. Leading the way for the Tribe in doubles action is a pair of juniors, Romain Jurd and Alex Herrera. Jurd and Herrera have spent the majority of the dual-match season playing at the No. 1 doubles position and are currently ranked 60th in the country.
The Hurricanes enter Saturday's match with a ranking of 30th. Todd Widom, ranked 21st in the country, leads the way for Miami in singles action. The 'Canes are led in doubles play by 30th-ranked Andrew Golub and Colin Purcell.
The winner of the Florida State/Miami match will advance to face the winner of the Florida/Central Florida match Sunday, May 11th, at 1:00 pm.