Nov. 5, 1999
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Five members of the Florida State men’s tennis
team are competing in the Region II Indoor Championships this weekend. The
tournament consists of top players from around the south region. ACC teams
Wake Forest, Duke, Georgia Tech, Cemson and Virginia are represented
throughout the tournament’s field.
FSU placed or qualified five members of its team, sophomore Jeff
Scarella, senior Mike Ingham, junior Chad Mooney and freshmen Deni
Franulovic and Rodrigo Laub in the prestigous tournament. The singles
field is set at 64 and the doubles tournament consists of 32 teams.
Qualifying matches were played Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Eight
members of the singles competition and four teams in the doubles draw had
to win three matches to qualify for the Championships. The other entrants
were selected by the ITA’s south region committee and seeded based on their
After winning three matches to qualify for the doubles main draw,
the FSU duo of sophomore Jeff Scarella and senior Mike Ingham lost their
opening round match of the Championship on Friday, to UVA’s Croker and
Winter 8-3. Also playing in the main draw for FSU was the freshmen combo
of Deni Franulovic and Rodrigo Laub. Franulovic and Laub lost to Elon’s
Navawengse and Nagle 8-3. The top seed in the doubles draw, Clemson’s
Knight and Goffi, advanced to the second round where they will face Wake
Forest’s Hanson and Mauro. Three of the top four seeds advanced to the
second round. Only East Tennessee State’s Gomez and Fernandez, the three
seed, lost in the opening round.
Two Seminoles were selected to play in the singles portion and one
Seminole made the main draw through the qualifying rounds. Franulovic won
his first round match against North Carolina-Wilmington’s James Collieson
in three sets. Franulovic will face Joao Leite from Winthrop on Saturday.
Mooney automatically qualified to the tournament’s main draw as well, but
Mooney dropped his opening round match to Old Dominion’s Patrick Boza, 6-3,
6-4. Ingham played three singles matches and three doubles matches in two
days to qualify for both the singles and doubles main draw. With his
doubles tournament over after a first round loss earlier in the day, Ingham
rallied to win his singles match, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. Ingham will play VCU’s
Jose Sanchez on Saturday in the second round.
After three days of competition the Seminoles have two singles
players still alive. Franulovic and Ingham will look to move further into
the field when play begins Saturday at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center on
the campus of North Carolina.