January 20, 2001 - by

Jan. 20, 2001

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Florida State men’s tennis team got off to a good start, taking an early 1-0 lead by sweeping all three doubles matches against Penn State University. The Seminoles later fell to the Nittany Lions in singles play making their season opener on the road an upset.

In doubles play FSU was lead by Alex Herrera and Jeff Scarella who defeated the tandem of Jamie Gresh and Damon Accardi 8-5 at the No. 1 position. Bartos Koldej, a newly signed junior transfer, teamed with freshman Jerrod Owen to get the win over Chris DeStefano and Steve van der Westhuyzen, 8-3. To clinch the doubles point for the Seminoles Romain Jurd and Rodrigo Laub defeated Matt Nielsen and Nudell 8-0.

In the singles portion four of the six matches came down to a third and decisive set with the two teams splitting the matches evenly at two wins a piece. Freshmen Jurd and Owen stepped up and recorded wins for the Seminoles on the No. 2 and No. 3 position respectively. One more singles win was all Florida State needed to clinch the match but Penn State put on a gutsy performance led by junior Jamie Gresh at the No. 1 position defeating freshman Herrera in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.

The men later faced West Virginia University, however no results were available. The men’s team will return home to prepare for their season home opener against Georgia Southern February 4, 2001.

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