January 22, 2000 - by
Men’s Tennis Gains Tournament Experience

Jan. 22, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, FL. – The Florida State men’s tennis team has three
players competing in the ACC Men’s Indoor Championships and three players
at the Rice University Championships. The tournaments mark the first
action of the Spring for the Seminoles.

At the ACC Indoor Championships, senior Mike Ingham, sophomore Jeff
Scarella and UCLA transfer Xavier Luscan are representing the Noles.
Luscan teamed with Meniane from North Carolina to win a first round doubles
match on Friday before losing in the second round to Wake Forest’s Murray
and Munoz, 8-2. Murray and Munoz were seeded No. 3 in the doubles draw.
Ingham and Scarella lost their first round match Friday to Georgia Tech’s
Coirault and Campos 9-8. Two of the nations top doubles teams are in
playing this weekend in the Indoor Championships. Duke’s Root and Smith
are currently ranked No. 34 in the country and Virginia’s Winter and Croker
are ranked 9th in the nation.

At the Rice University Indoor Championships, sophomore Noah
Schnell, junior Jay Travis and freshman Rodrigo Laub are competing for
Florida State. Laub, who won the Division IV Roberta Alison Fall Classic
Championship in October, lost in the first round of the B Draw but bounced
back to win his first round match in the consolation bracket against
Larsson Mattias from UT-Arlington, 6-4, 6-1. Laub will play South
Florida’s Jit Shan in the next round.

Travis won his first round match Friday against hometown Rice’s
Fabien Giraud in a hard-fought three-setter, 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-2. Travis
returned to the courts shortly after that victory to face Texas Christian’s
Scott Eddins in the second round. Travis battled Eddins, who breezed past
his first round opponent losing just one game, before losing a second set
tie-breaker for the match, 6-1, 7-6(4). Schnell also won his first round
match Friday morning against UT-San Antonio’s Andy Mudillo 6-4, 7-5. Late
Friday, Schnell lost to Rice’s Cody Jackson in a tight, two-set match
7-6(4), 6-3.

Ingham, Scarella and Luscan will look to advance in the singles
portion of the ACC Men’s Indoor Championships when that draw gets underway
Saturday.

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