Sept. 27, 2004
ATHENS, Ga. - When the 2003-04 season ended, Florida State University men's tennis player Chip Webb was relieved that his long campaign was over, but at the same time was anxious to get back on the court to regain the form that he had as a sophomore. It looks that Webb is well on his way to ending his Seminole career on a high note as he claimed the singles title in the Division II bracket at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships on Monday (September 27).
The title match was the easiest of the four-day affair for Webb (Chattanooga, Tenn.) as he received a victory as Winthrop's Vinicius Bortolatto defaulted. Sunday the senior won a pair of matches, beating Duke's Ned Samuelson 6-3, 6-0, before taking down Florida's Stephan Tell 3-3, 6-3, 6-4.
Te eighth seed in the draw, Webb received a bye during the opening round on Friday before cruising to a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Sam Huffman from South Alabama. In Saturday's second round, Webb bounced back from a first set loss to win the second set 7-6 before Florida A&M's Frank Green retired.
After a pair of victories to start the Division I draw, doubles partners Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga.) and Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa) were stopped by a pair of ranked players. Groslimond beat Ockie Oosthuizen from Tennessee, the 99th-ranked player in the ITA preseason ratings, 6-2, 6-2, before falling to No. 35 Scott Brown of Vanderbilt, the number four seed in the tournament.
Westerhof took a 7-6, 6-2 decision off Middle Tennessee State's Marco Born, but could not get past Florida's Vlad Obradovic, ranked 44th, dropping the match 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.
In doubles the junior tandem faired better, winning a pair of matches. Following a bye in the first round as the top seed, the duo took on new Atlantic Coast Conference foes Brent Wilkins and Angel Diankov of Virginia Tech and downed the Hokies 8-6.Up next was an 8-5 victory over Strahinia Bobusic and Colin Purcell of Georgia as the Seminoles beat the hosts 8-5. Groslimond and Westerhof's run was ended in the semifinals where they fell to eventual champion Oosthuizen and Ben Rogers of Tennessee 9-8 (7).
Florida State is back on the court next week when it travels to the ITA All-American Tournament in Webb's hometown of Chattanooga, Tenn.