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No. 42 Men's Tennis Hosts North Carolina, Georgia State

March 17, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - This weekend's match against the 51st-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels marks the 11th home match and the third ACC Dual match of the season. As the home season enters the back stretch, the Noles come into their last five home matches with an impressive 9-3 season record and a 1-1 record in the conference. Overall, the team has won a total of 76 singles matches and lost 53 and is an even 25-25 in the doubles portion.

After North Carolina, the last four home matches are scheduled for Sunday, March 19 against Miami, Thursday, March 30th against North Carolina State, Saturday, April 1st against Duke, and Wednesday, April 5th against South Alabama.

On Wednesday, March 8th, the 42nd-ranked Florida State Seminoles traveled to Austin, Texas to battle the 12th-ranked Longhorns. Following that 7-0 loss on the road, the team traveled to Clemson, South Carolina where they played a hard fought match losing 5-2 to the Tigers.

Against Clemson, both Xavier Luscan and Rodrigo Laub rebounded from losses to Texas. Luscan defeated the 44th-ranked player in the country, Josh Goffi, in three sets. The win boosted Luscan's record to 11-3. Another Nole to defeat a ranked player was freshman Rodrigo Laub. In a hard fought two-set match in Clemson, Laub swept Marko Gojanovic, the 82nd-ranked player in the country.

North Carolina has had the upperhand against the Seminoles in the past eight meetings. Back in 1995, Florida State defeated the Tarheels by a score of 4-3 and then again in 1997 by a score of 4-2 for their only other win.

"North Carolina is good," coach Hultquist stated on Thursday. "They just beat South Carolina by a score of 6-2. They have two losses to teams in the top 20. Tripp Phillips is their No. 1 singles player who is a strong competitor who sat out last year. This is going be a tough match for our guys so we need to play tough."

The 2000 North Carolina men's tennis team consists of four freshmen, two sophomores, two juniors, and four seniors from all around the country and world. The 56th-ranked player in the country, Tripp Phillips contributes his 6-2 record at No. 1 singles to the Tar Heels, while freshman Trystan Meniane endows the team his 11-7 overall record, with three wins at No. 4 singles and three wins at No. 5 singles. Junior Chad Riley, from Sugar Land, Texas is another star for the Tar Heels with an overall 15-9 record with wins at No. 5 and No. 6 singles.

UNC's overall record is 6-2 with the two losses being to two Texas teams, Texas and Texas A & M. Against Texas, North Carolina fell short of a victory by a score of 6-1. Against Texas A & M, the Tar Heels lost 5-2.

On Sunday, March 19, the Seminoles will meet up with Georgia State. The Eagles overall record is 6-3 and 2-1 in the TACC. The three losses were road matches against Florida (0-7), Alabama (3-4), and Central Florida (3-5.) With wins against UNC Charlotte, Georgia Southern, Alabama, NC State, Georgia Tech, Jacksonville State, Indiana State and Florida Atlantic, Georgia State has won 34 of 49 singles matches on the year.

"Georgia State defeated Georgia Tech but lost to Atlanta," coach Hultquist stated, "They are a good team and this is a big weekend. The scores could go either way."

The 2000 Georgia State University men's tennis team consists of Nicolas Brochu, Fernando Damus, Frank Huot, Carl Lumsden, Pablo Perex Gras, Mitja Pavlinic, Tadej Senk, and Daniel Wajnberg. Leading the team with high winning records is Brochu, with a 6-3 record at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, Huot, with a 7-2 record at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 singles, and finally Gras, with a 6-3 record at No. 2, No. 3 and No.4 singles.

The first match between Florida State and Georgia State was in 1984, and Florida State has not dropped a match to Georgia State in their all-time series. In the past eight years, Florida State has defeated Georgia State in every match. In five of the eight matches, Georgia State was unable to score any points resulting in scores of 7-0 in 1997, 1995, 1994, 1993 and 1992.

Match time Saturday is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. against North Carolina and Sunday's match with Georgia State is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.

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