July 6, 2001
Florida State Universities Rodrigo Laub and Bartosz Koldej advance to round two in the first day of competition in the ITA Summer Circuit being held at FSU’s Scott Speicher Tennis Center Friday, July 6th through Sunday, July 8th.
Competition began early Friday morning and three Seminoles advance to the second round. Laub, a junior on the men’s team went into the tournament seeded fifth and defeated his first round of competition John Johnson of Florida Atlantic, in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1. Laub is also entered in the doubles portion of the tournament and is teamd with Cal. Berkely’s Robert Kowalczyk. In round two of the competition Laub is set to face Furman’s Patrick Fillnow at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 7th.
“Rodrigo played well today,” said head men’s tennis coach Dwayne Hultquist. “This is a good tournament for him to be in and have the chance to play some elite players.”
Also entered into the tournament for the FSU men’s team is Bartosz Koldej. Koldej also advanced to the second round of competition after defeating Mississippi State’s Michael Hailey, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Koldej will face FAMU’s Lenin Mongerie Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
“Bartosz has really been focused on school this summer and hasn’t really had the chance to play a lot of tennis,” said Hultquist. “It has been good to see him have such a strong comeback and hopefully he can carry his momentum and continue to play well throughout the tournament.”
Three Lady Seminoles are also seeing some great action in this weekends tournament. Entered are three newly signed freshmen, Meredith Fish, Michelle Murman and Brittany Veal.
Fish faced Alabama’s Weyli Chang in first round action and will now advance to the second round winning her match 4-6, 6-4, 7-6. Fish will face Mariel Verban of Georgia on Saturday, July 7th at 9:30 a.m. Murman fell to Verban in the first round of the competition and will play in the backdraw of the tournament Saturday at 8:00 a.m. where she will face Angela Metito of Embry Riddle. Veal went up against Kentucky’s Sarah Witten but fell and will now see action in the backdraw. Veal is set to face Hancock at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday.