March 27, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s tennis team moved to 4-0 in conference play and 12-5 overall with a win over N.C. State Wednesday afternoon at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The 4-0 record marks the Seminoles’ best start since the 1995 season when the team, then led by head coach David Barron, opened ACC play with five straight wins. With the loss, the Wolfpack fall to 4-13 overall and 0-3 in the ACC.
In doubles, seniors Gustav Bucht and Jeff Scarella quickly defeated N.C. State’s Shane Sealy and John Davis, 8-2, at the no. 3 spot. Soon after, the Seminoles clinched the doubles point with win at the no. 1 position as Xavier Luscan and Rodrigo Laub defeated Matt Lucas and R. J Murray, 8-6. To complete the doubles sweep, Mat Cloer and Jarrod Owen took the no. 2 doubles match over Ryan Boward and Bryce McGrory, 8-4.
In singles action, five Seminoles won in straight sets in the victory. Cloer, a freshman, was the first Seminole to win in singles with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over McGrory. Freshman Chip Webb also won convincingly at the no. 3 singles position, downing Murray 6-1, 6-2. Scarella’s win over John Davis at no. 4 singles (6-2, 6-3) clinched the victory for the Seminoles At the no. 1 position, Luscan, ranked 49th nationally, capped his twelfth singles win of the season, as he defeated Lucas 6-3, 6-2. Bucht defeated Boward at the no. 4 position (7-6, 6-4) to wrap up his third straight singles win. Overcoming a close first set loss to N.C. State’s Sealy, Owen fought back to win the second set, before taking the match in a third set tiebreaker.
The Seminoles will face No. 19 Wake Forest University on Saturday in their toughest conference match yet. The match is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m.
Florida State 7
North Carolina State 0
No. 1 Xavier Luscan (FSU) def. Matt Lucas (NCSU) 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 Mat Cloer (FSU) def. Bryce McGrory (NCSU) 6-1, 6-1
No. 3 Chip Webb (FSU) def. R.J. Murray (NCSU) 6-1, 6-2
No. 4 Gustav Bucht (FSU) def. Ryan Boward (NCSU) 7-6, 6-4
No. 5 Jeff Scarella (FSU) def. John Davis (NCSU) 6-2, 6-3
No. 6 Jarrod Owen (FSU0 def. Shane Sealy (NCSU) 6-7, 7-6 (10-7)
No. 1 Luscan/Rodrigo Laub (FSU) def. Lucas/Murray (NCSU) 8-6
No. 2 Cloer/Owen (FSU) def. Boward/McGrory (NCSU) 8-4
No. 3 Bucht/Scarella (FSU) def. Davis/Sealy (NCSU) 8-2