March 17, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – This weekend’s match against the 51st-ranked North
Carolina Tar Heels marks the 11th home match and the third ACC Dual match
of the season. As the home season enters the back stretch, the Noles come
into their last five home matches with an impressive 9-3 season record and
a 1-1 record in the conference. Overall, the team has won a total of 76
singles matches and lost 53 and is an even 25-25 in the doubles portion.
After North Carolina, the last four home matches are scheduled for
Sunday, March 19 against Miami, Thursday, March 30th against North Carolina
State, Saturday, April 1st against Duke, and Wednesday, April 5th against
On Wednesday, March 8th, the 42nd-ranked Florida State Seminoles
traveled to Austin, Texas to battle the 12th-ranked Longhorns. Following
that 7-0 loss on the road, the team traveled to Clemson, South Carolina
where they played a hard fought match losing 5-2 to the Tigers.
Against Clemson, both Xavier Luscan and Rodrigo Laub rebounded from
losses to Texas. Luscan defeated the 44th-ranked player in the country,
Josh Goffi, in three sets. The win boosted Luscan’s record to 11-3.
Another Nole to defeat a ranked player was freshman Rodrigo Laub. In a
hard fought two-set match in Clemson, Laub swept Marko Gojanovic, the
82nd-ranked player in the country.
North Carolina has had the upperhand against the Seminoles in the
past eight meetings. Back in 1995, Florida State defeated the Tarheels by
a score of 4-3 and then again in 1997 by a score of 4-2 for their only
“North Carolina is good,” coach Hultquist stated on Thursday.
“They just beat South Carolina by a score of 6-2. They have two losses to
teams in the top 20. Tripp Phillips is their No. 1 singles player who is a
strong competitor who sat out last year. This is going be a tough match
for our guys so we need to play tough.”
The 2000 North Carolina men’s tennis team consists of four
freshmen, two sophomores, two juniors, and four seniors from all around the
country and world. The 56th-ranked player in the country, Tripp Phillips
contributes his 6-2 record at No. 1 singles to the Tar Heels, while
freshman Trystan Meniane endows the team his 11-7 overall record, with
three wins at No. 4 singles and three wins at No. 5 singles. Junior Chad
Riley, from Sugar Land, Texas is another star for the Tar Heels with an
overall 15-9 record with wins at No. 5 and No. 6 singles.
UNC’s overall record is 6-2 with the two losses being to two Texas
teams, Texas and Texas A & M. Against Texas, North Carolina fell short of
a victory by a score of 6-1. Against Texas A & M, the Tar Heels lost 5-2.
On Sunday, March 19, the Seminoles will meet up with Georgia State.
The Eagles overall record is 6-3 and 2-1 in the TACC. The three losses
were road matches against Florida (0-7), Alabama (3-4), and Central Florida
(3-5.) With wins against UNC Charlotte, Georgia Southern, Alabama, NC
State, Georgia Tech, Jacksonville State, Indiana State and Florida
Atlantic, Georgia State has won 34 of 49 singles matches on the year.
“Georgia State defeated Georgia Tech but lost to Atlanta,” coach
Hultquist stated, “They are a good team and this is a big weekend. The
scores could go either way.”
The 2000 Georgia State University men’s tennis team consists of
Nicolas Brochu, Fernando Damus, Frank Huot, Carl Lumsden, Pablo Perex Gras,
Mitja Pavlinic, Tadej Senk, and Daniel Wajnberg. Leading the team with
high winning records is Brochu, with a 6-3 record at No. 1 and No. 2
singles, Huot, with a 7-2 record at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 singles, and
finally Gras, with a 6-3 record at No. 2, No. 3 and No.4 singles.
The first match between Florida State and Georgia State was in
1984, and Florida State has not dropped a match to Georgia State in their
all-time series. In the past eight years, Florida State has defeated
Georgia State in every match. In five of the eight matches, Georgia State
was unable to score any points resulting in scores of 7-0 in 1997, 1995,
1994, 1993 and 1992.
Match time Saturday is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. against North
Carolina and Sunday’s match with Georgia State is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.