Nov. 7, 1999
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The Florida State Seminoles first year head
coach Dwayne Hultquist got a taste this weekend of what may be in store for
the future of his Seminole men’s tennis program. Freshman Deni Franulovic
won his first two matches of the tournament to advance to face the
country’s 23rd-ranked player and the tournament’s top seed, Duke’s Doug
Root in the round of 16. Franulovic won the match, a three-set thriller,
to advance to the quarterfinals.
Franulovic, who hails from Switzerland, has won eight of his first
11 collegiate tennis matches. Earlier this fall he advanced to the
semifinals of the Southern Collegiates and the quarterfinals of the
Seminole Fall Classic. At this weekend’s Region II Indoor Championships,
Franulovic went further into the tournament then any other Seminole. The
freshman won two three set matches, including the come-from-behind 6-7,
7-6, 7-5 victory over Root, before running out of gas in the quarterfinals
and falling to the country’s 58th-ranked player and the tournament’s
seventh seed, VCU’s Jose Sanchez. Sanchez went onto win his next match to
qualify for the Rolex National Indoors to be held in Dallas, Texas.
Sanchez and his teammate Frank Moser were the two finalists at this year’s
Region II Indoor Championships and therefore received automatic berths into
Other top performances for the Seminoles this weekend included Mike
Ingham’s two-day run in the qualifying rounds where the senior won three
singles matches and three doubles matches. Ingham went on to win his first
round match in the main draw before losing in the second round to Sanchez.
In doubles, Ingham and sophomore Jeff Scarella dropped their first round
match against eventual tournament champions UVA’s Croker and Winter.
Florida State will have some time off now to regroup and begin
preparing for this spring’s dual match season. The Seminoles will try to
extend their consecutive winning season’s mark to 14. The first chance to
come and see the 2000 men’s tennis team and new coaches Dwayne Hultquist
(head) and John Roddick (assistant) will be on January 18th. The match
against Stetson will be played at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on the
campus of Florida State University.