April 21, 2000
ATLANTA, GA. — The 52nd-ranked Florida State Seminoles were
knocked out of the ACC Tournament Friday by the 36th-ranked Virginia
Cavaliers. FSU, the fifth seed in the tournament, lost its 10th match of
the season 5-2 to the Cavaliers, the No. 4 seed. UVA improves to 16-8 on
the season and advances to the semifinals of the tournament to face the No.
1 seeded Duke Blue Devils. Florida State falls to 13-10 with its second
loss of the season to Virginia.
Florida State senior Mike Ingham came from behind to defeat
Virginia’s Huntley Montgomery in three sets, 0-6, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 2
singles. Ingham, who is ranked 97th in the country, defeated Montgomery,
who is ranked 51st, for the second time in a month. On March 26th, Ingham
grabbed one of FSU’s two points that day, by defeating the Cavaliers No. 2
player in straight sets. Ingham’s record improves to 17-14 on the year and
to 10-9 at the No. 2 position.
Florida State came close to opening the match by taking the doubles
point, but could only win one of three doubles matches against the
Cavaliers. FSU won at No. 3 doubles, 9-7 and almost pulled out the win at
No. 1 before falling by the same score 9-7. Winning at No. 3 for the
Seminoles was the tandem of Jeff Scarella and Ingham. Scarella and Ingham
won for the fourth time at the No. 3 position this season and improved
their overall record to 10-11. The win also avenged an 8-6 loss to the UVA
pair of Michael Duquette and Brian Hunter on March 26th.
FSU’s Xavier Luscan lost for only the eighth time in 23 matches at
No. 1 singles this season. Luscan was defeated by the country’s
fifth-ranked player, UVA’s Brian Vahaly. Luscan, who is currently ranked
50th in the nation, saw his two-match win streak come to a halt with the
6-1, 7-5 loss.
Florida State will now have to wait until May 4th to find out if
they have been selected to play in the 2000 NCAA Tournament.
No. 1 # 5 Brian Vahaly (UVA) d. #50 Xavier Luscan (FSU) 6-1, 7-5
No. 2 # 97 Mike Ingham (FSU) d. #51 Huntley Montgomery (UVA) 0-6, 6-4, 6-2
No. 3 John Winter (UVA) d. Noah Schnell (FSU) 6-4, 7-5
No. 4 Tommy Croker (UVA) vs. Chad Mooney (FSU) DNF
No. 5 Brian Hunter (UVA) d. Jay Travis (FSU) 6-2, 6-4
No. 6 Michael Duquette (UVA) d. Rodrigo Laub (FSU) DNF
No. 1 Montgomery/Vahaly (UVA) d. Luscan/Laub (FSU) 9-7
No. 2 Croker/Winter (UVA) d. Schnell/Travis (FSU) 8-5
No. 3 Scarella/Ingham (FSU) d. Duquette/Hunter (UVA) 9-7