Sept. 19, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State men's tennis team began their fall season on Wednesday as they hosted the Seminole Fall Classic. Romain Jurd, Alex Herrera and Chip Webb all advanced in the Singles A Draw, while FSU newcomers Jeff Groslimond and Hagen Endler advanced in the B Draw. All three doubles tandems had a strong showing and moved to the round of eight, which will be played tomorrow.
Romain Jurd automatically advanced to the second round when his opponent, Martin Hehensteiger of Jacksonville, had to withdraw after suffering from an illness. Alex Herrera defeated Georgia Southern's Mark Finnegan, 6-2, 6-1 and Chip Webb got by Christian Moe of Stetson, 6-4, 1-6, retired. Moe had been suffering from heat exhaustion.
Senior, Rodrigo Laub took the only loss on the day for the Seminoles as David Canudas of Southern Miss. advanced by a score of 7-6, 0-6, 6-4.
In doubles competition, all three of the Seminole tandems advanced to the round of eight. Herrera and Jurd got things rolling with a dominating 8-2 win over Jacksonville's Ben Birkmann and Christoph Mueller. The last two wins of the evening came over in-state rival Miami. The combo of Endler/Webb defeated Adrian Bohane and Colin Purcell 9-7, and Laub/Groslimond knocked out the Hurricanes Andrew Golub and Eric Hechtman 9-8.
Herrera and Jurd will begin play at 8:30 a.m., while Webb's match is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. The times for the doubles matches will be announced tomorrow. The Seminole Fall Classic will continue throughout the weekend at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Action begins again Friday morning at 8 a.m.