March 6, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, FL.–The Florida State men’s tennis team fell to No. 41 Vanderbilt in Tallahassee today with a score of 4-3. Seminole Jeff Scarella was able to win his sixth match in a row as he defeated Vanderbilt’s Zach Dailey, 7-6, 2-6, 6-4.
The Seminoles got off to a rocky start and lost the doubles point to Vanderbilt. In the singles portion Florida State stepped it up a notch, winning three of the six matches, but it was not enough to get the win over the Commodores.
FSU’s Jarrod Owen was the first singles match to finish as he defeated Vanderbilt’s Jens Frederiksen 6-1, 7-5 at the No. 4 position. Also collecting a point for the Seminoles was Rodrigo Laub No. 6. Laub battled all night against Josh Tarkoff and finally got the win in three sets, 7-6, 3-6, 7-5.
After Vanderbilt collected wins at No. 2 and 3 singles, the score was tied 3-3. The decisive singles match was fought out between Florida State’s Xavier Luscan and Vanderbilt’s Eddie Coates at the No. 1 position. After three grueling sets, Coates came away with the win to clinch the match for the Commodores.
The men’s tennis team will now go on the road for their next three matches. The Seminoles will play NC State on Saturday, March 10th at 11 a.m. before preparing to take on Wake Forest on Monday, March 12th and Southern Methodist University on Wednesday, March 14th.
# 54 Florida State 3
# 41 Vanderbilt 4
No. 1 Eddie Coates (VU) def. Xavier Luscan (FSU) 7-6, 4-6, 6-1
No. 2 Bobby Reynolds (VU) def. Gustav Bucht (FSU) 6-4, 7-5
No. 3 Chad Harris (VU) def. Romain Jurd (FSU) 7-5, 6-2
No. 4 Jarrod Owen (FSU) def. Jens Frederiksen (VU) 6-1, 7-5
No. 5 Jeff Scarella (FSU) def. Zach Dailey (VU) 7-6, 2-6, 6-4
No. 6 Rodrigo Laub (FSU) def. Josh Tarkoff (VU) 7-6, 3-6, 7-5
No. 1 Coates/Reynolds (VU) def. Bucht/Herrera (FSU) 8-1
No. 2 Hambrick/Smith (VU) def. Luscan/Koldej (FSU) 8-6
No. 3 Owen/Scarella (FSU) def. Harris/Tarkoff (VU) 7-7 (10-12)