Sept. 23, 2001
The Florida State men’s tennis team completed the third day of competition at the Southern Collegiate Championships in Athens, Ga. Seminole sophomore Romain Jurd advances to the finals round of singles competition following his win over Duke’s Darin Goldstein in straight sets. Jurd will also see action with teammate Jeff Scarella in doubles action as the tandem will attempt to defeat Tennessee’s Dietrich and Rea to advance to the final round of the doubles competition.
Competing in Division I Singles Seminole standout Xavier Luscan defeated two opponents in Murray State’s Nikola Araci (7-6, 7-6) and the No. 5 seed, of South Alabama Christian Thall (4-6, 6-0, 6-3 advancing Luscan to the semi finals of the championships. In semi’s competition Luscan fell to the No. 4, seed Brandon Wagner of Georgia going 7-6 (6), 6-5, ret.
In Division II competition junior Rodrigo Laub reached the third round competition before falling to the No. 2 seed Simon Rea of Tennessee, 6-2, 6-3.
In Division III Singles, Seminoles sophomore, Jurd defeated Zalan Kiss of Charleston Southern (6-1, 6-2) to advance Jurd to the semi-finals round where he was set to face Duke’s Goldstein. Jurd would finish off Goldstein quickly in straight sets, going 6-1, 6-1. Jurd is set to face Tennessee’s Mark Dietrich in the final round of competition on Monday, Sept. 24.
In the consolation round of tournament action Alex Herrera fought to the end but fell to LSU’s Sadovich in the second round, 3-6, 6-4, 10-6. Gustav Bucht fell to Wade Orr of Tennessee in three sets, 4-6, 6-0, 10-8. Seminole Newcomer, Brad Kolowich defeated UNC-A’s Adam Branks in straight sets of 6-2, 6-2, before falling to Dickerson in the third round.
In doubles action Jurd and Scarella have now advanced to the semi-finals round of the tournament after the tandem defeated Virginia Tech’s Lavlund and Semon 8-6. Jurd and Scarella will face Tennessee’s Dietrich and Rea on Monday, Sept. 24 to advance to the finals round.