Jan. 23, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s tennis team continues
to compete in two preseason tournaments this weekend. Three Seminoles are
at the ACC Men’s Indoor Championships, while three of their teammates
compete in the Rice University Indoors.
On Saturday, sophomore Jeff Scarella won two matches to advance to
the quarterfinals of the ACC Indoor Championships. Scarella defeated Wake
Forest’s Brian Murphy in three sets late Saturday and will face Duke’s
Andres Pedroso, the tournament’s third seed, on Sunday. Pedroso received a
bye in the first round and won in straight sets in the second round.
Other Seminoles competing at the Indoor Championships include
transfer Xavier Luscan and senior Mike Ingham. Luscan won his first round
match when North Carolina’s Trystan Meniane retired after losing the first
set 6-0. In the second round, Luscan lost to Wake Forest’s Michael Berger
6-2, 6-4. Ingham faced Wake Forest’s Michael Murray in the first round and
lost a three-setter 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. Ingham will face Georgia Tech’s David
Wright in the consolation round on Sunday.
At the Rice University Indoors, freshman Rodrigo Laub has advanced
to the finals of the Consolation “B” bracket. Laub will face South
Florida’s Eric Gildhorn on Sunday. The closest match along the way for
Laub was in the quarterfinals when he defeated South Florida’s Jit Shah in
three sets, 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-3.
Joining Laub in Texas, are Noah Schnell and Jay Travis. Both
Schnell and Travis won their first round singles matches before losing in
the second round. However, the duo together won the Flight “A” Consolation
Doubles Championships. The big match along the way for the pair was in the
semifinals when they defeated Petty and Murillo from UT-San Antonio 9-8,
7-4 in the tiebreaker. That match decided the bracket winner because
Beauchamp and Bergues from TAMU-C.C. withdrew in the finals.
The Seminoles will continue to compete in the two tournaments when
play resumes on Sunday.