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Nov. 14, 1997

’97 Seminoles Defeat ’87 Alumni in Dual Match

ATP Pro Paul Haarhuis Defeats Current Seminole Ty Braswell

TALLAHASSEE, FL — The 1997-98 Florida State men’s tennis team narowly
defeated a group of ’87 FSU alumni tennis players, inlcuding current world
No. 3 doubles player Paul Haarhuis, 5-4 in a challenge match in front of
400 fans at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.

Haarhuis, who took time off from the ATP tour to come back to Tallahassee
for the weekend, went up against current Seminole Ty Braswell at No. 1
singles. The dutch-native Haarhuis defeated the junior from Umatilla,
Florida 8-3 in a pro set.

“I’m just having such a great time,” said Haarhuis. “It’s fun to be back
in Tallahassee for a few days, catch the football game, play these guys and
see all of my old teammates. I was very pleased to see that there was a
nice crowd that came out to see the current team and us play. It’s great
to see this program get that attention.”

Haarhuis’ real talent comes in doubles, where he is currently ranked No.
3 in the world with Jacco Eltingh. Haarhuis and former FSU doubles
teammate Henner Lenhardt defeated Braswell and Yvo Niks 8-2 at No. 1

Also winning against the ’87 team was FSU’s current dutchman Yvo Niks, a
junior from Heerhugowaard, Holland. Niks defeated former two-time Metro
Conference champion Scott Shields 8-4 at No. 2 singles.

“It was pretty sweet to play against Haarhuis,” said Niks. “Although he
tried to peg me with the ball twice. Maybe it’s a dutch thing!”

No. 1 singles, Paul Haarhuis (87) d. Ty Braswell (97) 8-3; No. 2, Yvo Niks
(97) d. Scott Shields (87) 8-4; No. 3, Michael Ingham (97) d. Henner
Lenhardt (87) 8-2; No. 4, Alex Golub (97) d. Cary Sochin (87) 8-5; No. 5,
Gerald Casas (97) d. Todd Collins (87) 8-7; Alex Rucker (87) d. Randy Hock
(Class of ’85) 8-4.

No. 1 doubles, Haarhuis – Lenhardt (87) d. Braswell – Niks (97) 8-2; No.
2, Collins – Sochin (87) d. Golub – Davidson Kozlowski (97) 8-7; No. 3,
Casas – Ingham (97) d. Rucker – Shields (87) 8-3

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