Sept. 20, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s tennis team completed day two of the annual Seminole Fall Classic at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Seminole Hagen Endler advanced into the semifinal round of the Singles B main draw as the only member from Florida State to make it to Championship Saturday.
One of the nice surprises for the Seminoles has been the play of Hagen Endler. The UNF transfer has advanced to the semifinals of the Singles B Draw and will face Rolando Vargas of Troy State at 10:00 a.m. Endler defeated Ener Gusoy of Central Florida (4-6, 6-4, 6-4) and Troy State’s Robert Van Swelm (6-4, 6-3) to advance to the final four.
In singles flight A, junior Romain Jurd advanced to the quarterfinals by downing Central Florida’s Antonio Sierra 6-0, 6-1, before falling to Janne Homia of Florida 6-7, 1-6. Chip Webb did the same as he advanced 7-5, 7-6 over Jacksonville’s Ben Birkmann before losing his quarterfinal match to Olivier Levant (6-0, 6-1) of the Gators. Alex Herrera probably had the toughest match of the day as he lost a nail-biter to Catalin Bradu of Central Florida 7-5, 7-5.
FSU’s Rodrigo Laub lost his second match of the tournament in the Singles A Draw consolation to sixth seed Gabriel Strongberg of UCF 5-7, 4-6.
The Seminoles doubles tandems took a hit Friday evening suffering their first losses of the fall season. Herrera and Jurd fell (6-8) to Olivier Levant and Eleazar Magallon of Florida. Levant/Magallon were the top doubles seed in the tournament. Florida’s Troy Hahn and Matt Behrmann, the doubles third seed, took out two Seminole doubles teams on the evening; they defeated Webb/Endler (9-8) and Laub/Groslimond (8-2).
The Seminole Fall Classic will conclude on Saturday, as the singles semifinals will begin at 10:00 a.m. with doubles action to follow. All three singles championships will begin at 1:00 p.m.