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FSU Men's Tennis Falls in close match to No. 41 Vanderbilt
Jeff Scarella wins sixth match in a row.

Jeff Scarella wins sixth match in a row.

March 6, 2001

The Florida State men's tennis team faced and fell to No. 41 Vanderbilt in a close dual match competition of 4-3. Seminole Jeff Scarella was able to clinch his sixth match in a row against Vanderbilts Zach Dailey, 7-6, 2-6, 6-4.

The Seminoles had a rocky start losing the doubles point to Vanderbilt by one match. Xavier Luscan and Bartos Koldej put on an outstanding fight but fell to Vanderbilts Brad Hambrick and Lewis Smith 8-6. The final doubles match of the day was played by Seminoles Jarrod Owen and Jeff Scarella. The match continued to be fought back and forth with a tie at 7-7. The match then went on with the Seminoles fighting hard and coming away with the win 12-10.

In singles play the Seminoles stepped it up a notch, winning three of the six matches, but not enough to give Florida State the win. Owen was the first singles match to finish as he took the win over Jens Frederiksen 6-1, 7-5,making the score 1-1. The second match and third match both went to Vanderbilt once again giving them the lead 1-3. Scarella, however then returned with his sixth win in a row to make the score 2-3. Rodrigo Laub who had battled all night against Josh Tarkoff came away with the win going three sets, 7-6, 3-6, 7-5. With the fifth match of the night going to the Seminoles the score was tied at 3-3. The final match of the night would comedown to the two players in the No. 1 position. Seminole Luscan fought till the end, taking Vanderbilts Eddie Coates through three sets, but the Luscan fell to Coates in the final set giving Vanderbilt the win 4-3 over the Noles.

The men's team will now go on the road for their next three matches. Saturday, March 10th the men will face NC State, before heading to Wake Forest on Monday, March 12th. Dual Match competition against NC State is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m.

Box Score

# 54 Florida State 3

# 41 Vanderbilt 4


No. 1 Eddie Coates (VU) def. Xavier Luscan (FSU) 7-6, 4-6, 6-1

No. 2 Bobby Reynolds (VU) def. Gustav Bucht (FSU) 6-4, 7-5

No. 3 Chad Harris (VU) def. Romain Jurd (FSU) 7-5, 6-2

No. 4 Jarrod Owen (FSU) def. Jens Frederiksen (VU) 6-1, 7-5

No. 5 Jeff Scarella (FSU) def. Zach Dailey (VU) 7-6, 2-6, 6-4

No. 6 Rodrigo Laub (FSU) def. Josh Tarkoff (VU) 7-6, 3-6, 7-5


No. 1 Coates/Reynolds (VU) def. Bucht/Herrera (FSU) 8-1

No. 2 Hambrick/Smith (VU) def. Luscan/Koldej (FSU) 8-6

No. 3 Owen/Scarella (FSU) def. Harris/Tarkoff (VU) 7-7 (10-12)

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