Oct. 8, 1999
ATHENS, Ga. — The Florida State men’s tennis team continues to
compete at the Southern Collegiates in Athens, Ga. Following Friday’s
play, the Seminoles will have at least one player playing for a division
Freshman Rodrigo Laub won two matches on Friday to advance to the
Division IV singles championship match. Laub came from behind to defeat
Samford’s Raphael Bohli 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals. Laub will face
Stetson’s Thomas Brekke on Saturday for the championship.
Sophomores Jeff Scarella and Noah Schnell continued to march
through the Division III singles bracket. Scarella advanced to the
semifinals by defeating Charleston Southern’s Rodrigo Villarroel 5-7,
7-6(1), 6-2. Schnell won his first match of the day against North
Carolina-Greensboro’s John Clark, 6-4, 6-3 and is waiting to play Georgia
State’s Frank Huot in the quarterfinals.
Freshman Deni Franulovic won his round of 16 match on Friday
against Ted Rueger of Duke University in three sets, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.
Franulovic will play Georgia State’s Pablo Perez Gras for a chance to go to
the semifinals of the Division II singles bracket.
FSU’s Chad Mooney lost to Auburn’s Tiago Ruffoni 6-0, 6-2 in the
round of 16 of the Division I singles bracket and senior Mike Ingham lost a
tough three-set match against North Carolina-Charlotte’s Jacob Nordwall,
2-6, 6-3, 6-4. In doubles, the FSU team of Jay Travis and Franulovic will
play Stetson’s Nicin and Siviter in the second round and the sophomore duo
of Scarella and Schnell will play Georgia’s Boeker and Parrott. Georgia is
the alma mater of FSU assistant coach John Roddick. Roddick won the
Southern Collegiate Division I championship twice during his all-american
career at Georgia. Another FSU duo, Laub and Oren Belliti, will play
against Stetson’s Antonijevic and Sedivak for a spot in the quarterfinals
of the Division C doubles bracket.
The Seminoles will be back in action on Saturday before returning
home to host the Seminole Fall Classic, October 22-24.