April 23, 1999
ATLANTA – The seventh-seeded Florida State men’s tennis team lost a hard-fought match to the second-seeded Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets for the second weekend in a row. This time however, the 4-2 loss knocks the Seminoles out of the ACC tournament.
Florida State started off the match by winning the doubles point, something they failed to do last Saturday against these Yellow Jackets. Winners for FSU were senior Yvo Niks and junior Mike Ingham at No. 2 and senior Ty Braswell and sophomore Chad Mooney at No. 3. Braswell and Mooney defeated the ACC Flight 3 Champions, Georgia Tech’s Sergio Aguirre and Matt Cozad, 9-8. Aguirre and Cozad were 7-1 at No. 3 this season in the ACC. At No. 1 doubles, senior Davidson Kozlowski and freshman Jeff Scarella lost to Georgia Tech’s Tim Bibby and Benjamin Cassaigne, 8-6. For Kozlowski and Scarella, it was their third straight loss after starting off with three straight wins together.
In singles, FSU failed to carry over the momentum from winning the doubles point, and lost four of five singles matches before FSU’s Ty Braswell and Georgia Tech’s Matt Cozad retired with the match in hand for Georgia Tech, 4-2. The lone singles winner for FSU was freshman Noah Schnell, who last week had lost a tough three-setter to Georgia Tech’s Sergio Aguirre. Schnell beat Aguirre this time around, 6-4, 6-1. It was Schnell’s 10th win of the year, giving the Seminoles six players with over 10 wins on the year.
Senior Davidson Kozlowski lost another tough match against the country’s 23rd-ranked player and ACC Flight Champion at No. 1 singles, Benjamin Cassaigne, 7-6, 6-4. In two matches against Tech’s Cassaigne in the past week, three of the four sets played have required the winner to win a seventh game.
Florida State drops to 13-10, while the 14-6 Yellow Jackets will move on to face the winner of (3) Clemson and (6) North Carolina. Florida State will return home and wait to hear if they will have the opportunity to play anymore tennis in the upcoming NCAA Regional Tournament. The NCAA Regional selections will be made on Wednesday, May 5th.
No. 1 Benjamin Cassaigne (GT) d. Davidson Kozlowski (FSU) 7-6, 6-4
No. 2 Ty Braswell (FSU) vs. Matt Cozad (GT) DNF
No. 3 Roberto Suarez (GT) d. Yvo Niks (FSU) 6-2, 7-6
No. 4 Romain Coirault (GT) d. Chad Mooney (FSU) 0-6, 6-1, 6-0
No. 5 Jason Jeong (GT) d. Mike Ingham (FSU) 6-4, 6-4
No. 6 Noah Schnell (FSU) d. Sergio Aguirre (GT) 6-4, 6-1
No. 1 Tim Bibby/Benjamin Cassaigne (GT) d. Jeff Scarella/Davidson Kozlowski (FSU) 8-6
No. 2 Mike Ingham/Yvo Niks (FSU) d. Roberto Suarez/Robert Wright (GT) 9-8
No. 3 Ty Braswell/Chad Mooney (FSU) d. Sergio Aguirre/Matt Cozad (GT) 9-8