Oct. 8, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State men’s tennis team continues
to compete at the Southern Collegiates in Athens, Ga., today. FSU begins
the day with six players in the round of 16 from their respective draws.
In the Division I singles draw, FSU junior Chad Mooney won his
opening two matches and will face Tiago Ruffoni from Auburn in the round of
16 this morning. Both of Mooney’s first two matches went the distance and
he will have to win two matches Friday to advance to the semifinals of the
draw. Senior Mike Ingham reached the round of 16 when he defeated Auburn’s
Marcel Mizerski 6-4, 6-2. Ingham will face North Carolina-Charlotte’s
Jacob Nordwall for a chance to go the quaterfinals of the Division II
Joining Mooney and Ingham in the round of 16 for FSU are sophomores
Noah Schnell and Jeff Scarella, and freshmen Deni Franulovic and Rodrigo
Laub. Schnell was given a first round bye and defeated Mercer’s Michael
Witting in the second round to advance. Franulovic also received a first
round bye as the Division II’s fourth seed, before he went onto defeat
Aleksandar Antonijevic from Stetson to advance to the round of 16.
Scarella won both of his first two matches in straight sets to advance to
the round of 16, and he will face Stetson’s Marcus Andresen on Friday.
Laub won both of his first two matches in straight sets as well, beating
the Citadel’s David Scates in the second round, 6-0, 6-0.
Junior Jay Travis and freshmen Oren Belliti and Joe Bassett were
eliminated from the tournament. Travis lost in the first round of the
Division I draw against Georgia Perimeter’s Bartonsz Koldej. Belliti won
his opening round match before falling to Tennessee’s Matt Turner in three
sets. Bassett lost his first round match against Tennessee-Chattanooga’s
Fabian Bechara in three sets.
In doubles, the sophomore duo of Schnell and Scarella advanced,
defeating Duke’s Cerenko and Reuger 8-6. FSU’s Travis and Franulovic
played together for the first time in on Thursday, defeating Samford’s
Johnson and Leal 8-1. Ingham and Mooney lost in the first round of the
Division A doubles draw, 8-6.
The Seminoles will return to action today for the round of 16 and
quarterfinal matches. The Southern Collegiates will run through Sunday at
the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.