Oct. 7, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State men’s tennis team will play
their first matches under new head coach Dwayne Hultquist this weekend at
the Southern Collegiates in Athens, Ga. Competition begins Thursday and
concludes Sunday, October 10th.
Hultquist came to FSU from the University of Texas, where he served
as assistant men’s tennis coach for eight years. The 1999-2000 Hultquist
edition of the Florida State men’s tennis team consists of four freshmen,
two sophomores, two juniors, and a senior.
Lone senior, Mike Ingham,
will only be competing in the doubles portion of the tournament this
weekend. Ingham, who has 36 career doubles wins, will be paired with
junior Chad Mooney where they will be competing in the doubles A Division
and will face Kentucky’s Grunditz and Pousette on Thursday. If Ingham and
Mooney win their first round match they will face the tournament’s seventh
seeds, Charleston Southern’s Reddy and Villaroci, in the second round.
Other FSU doubles teams include sophomores Jeff Scarella and Noah
Schnell, who were 1-3 together last year, junior Jay Travis and freshman
Deni Franulovic, and the debut of a freshmen pair Rodrigo Laub and Oren
Belliti. Belliti and Laub received a bye into the second round of the
Division C bracket and will play on Friday. Travis and Franulovic will
play Thursday against Samford’s Johnson and Leal in the first round of the
Division C doubles bracket.
In the singles portion of the tournament, FSU’s highest seed
amongst the varying flights came in the Division II singles draw where
Franulovic was seeded fourth in the upper half of the draw. Franulovic
will receive a first round bye and will play his second round match late
Thursday. In the Division I singles draw, Florida State entered two
players, Mooney and Travis.
Mooney, who led the Seminoles with 19 singles
wins last year, will play Radford’s Faycal Rhazazi in the first round on
Thursday morning. Travis begins his 1999-2000 season against Bartonsz
Koldei from Georgia Perimeter, the only junior college entrant into this
In the Division III singles draw, Schnell, Scarella and Belliti
will all play first round matches Thursday. Schnell will face North
Carolina – Greensboro’s John Clark. Scarella will face North Carolina –
Greensboro’s Bo McWhorter and Belliti will face Derya Rose from Tulane.
Representing FSU in the Division IV singles draw will be a couple of
freshmen making their FSU singles debuts, Laub and Joe Bassett. Laub will
play his first collegiate match against Matt Rowles on Thursday and Bassett
will open his FSU career with a match against Georgia Perimeter’s Luis
The Southern Collegiates are hosted by the University of Georgia
and consists of 32 schools from around the southeast. Among the
tournament’s 32-team field are Florida, Auburn, Kentucky, Mississippi,
Tulane, and ACC school’s Clemson, Duke and Wake Forest. Florida State will
return home for their next tournament, the Seminole Fall Classic on October