Oct. 24, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s tennis program hosted
the annual Seminole Fall Classic this past weekend. Seven schools from
around the southeast region participated in the three day event with the
finals for all draws played on Sunday. The big winner of the day was
Middle Tennessee State, which saw two of its team members win their
respective flight’s singles back draw championships and a doubles team win
the 1999 Seminole Fall Classic doubles title.
First, in the Flight “A” back draw, Middle Tennessee State’s Daniel
Klementz defeated Auburn’s Raitis Tukans, 6-4, 6-3 to claim the title.
Klementz was one of the top eight seeds in the tournament, but suffered a
first round loss to Florida Atlantic’s Ben Cooper. Middle Tennessee State
was also represented in the Flight “B” back draw championship. Michael
Chamberlain beat Valdosta State’s Mike Suggs in the finals in three sets,
6-1, 6-7, 6-1.
In the Flight “A” main draw, the championship match was between
unseeded Nicolai Sablowski from Valdosta State and seeded Juan Ros of
Florida Atlantic. Ros had not lost a set entering the finals but dropped
the first set 7-6, 7-4 in the tiebreaker. Sablowski capitalized on the
momentum from the first set and finished out the match 6-4 in the second
In the Flight “B” main draw, Florida Atlantic’s Sandro Spotti
claimed the title when teammate Fabio Faerman retired down 5-1 in the first
The doubles portion of the tournament also saw a Middle Tennessee
State winner. MTSU’s Olle Nystrom and Oliver Foreman won the tournament
doubles championship Sunday by defeating two teams from FAU. First, in the
semifinals the MTSU duo won 8-6 against Florida Atlantic’s Spotti and Ros
and then in the finals Nystrom and Foreman downed Florida Atlantic’s Ben
Cooper and Doug Deurient 9-7.
In the double’s back draw, the team of Nicolai Sablowski and Rasmus
Larsen from Valdosta State ran through the tournament without a loss after
their first round defeat. Larsen and Sablowski defeated Mark Kovacs and
Tukans from Auburn in the finals 8-5.
FSU did not have anyone play on finals Sunday, but the Seminoles
were well represented throughout the tournament by a young team. Freshmen
Deni Franulovic, Rodrigo Laub and Joe Bassett played well in their first
matches at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Franulovic and Laub advanced
to the quarterfinals of the doubles draw before losing a hard-fought match
to eventual finalists Auburn’s Cooper and Deurient 9-7. In singles,
Franulovic and Laub each won their first round matches in the tournament’s
top flight, Flight “A”. Franulovic advanced to the quarterfinals before
losing to Auburn’s Estevom Strecker 6-4, 6-4. FSU’s Bassett advanced all
the way to the semifinals of the Flight “B” draw. Each of Bassett’s two
tournament wins went the full three sets.
Other notables for the Seminoles included sophomores Noah Schnell
and Jeff Scarella. The two won their first round doubles match together
and each of them won their first round singles match on Friday. Senior
Mike Ingham rebounded from a first round upset to win his next match in the
consolation bracket against Florida Atlantic’s Deurient in straight sets
The Florida State men’s tennis team will be in action again in
three weeks at the ITA Rolex in Chapel Hill, N.C., November 11-14.