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Seminoles Play Well In USTA Challenger Pre-Qualifying
Jeff Scarella advanced to the second round Wednesday in the pre-qualifying draw of the USTA Tallahassee Challenger.

Jeff Scarella advanced to the second round Wednesday in the pre-qualifying draw of the USTA Tallahassee Challenger.

May 31, 2001

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - For the next two weeks the Scott Speicher Tennis Center is playing host to the USTA. Beginning this weekend, tennis players from around the country are heading to Tallahassee to partake in one of the best opportunities to exceed in professional tennis, a USTA Challenger. Five Seminoles, four FAMU Rattlers and the top player from the University of Miami join other top collegians this week in trying to capture the one spot available into the qualifying round of the tournament. Once there, the opportunity to qualify for the main draw is just five matches away.

A scattered rainstorm halted play for an hour Wednesday afternoon but not much else could stop the Seminoles. Four of five team members won in their first round matches Wednesday and just one of those four needed more than two sets. The highest seeded Seminole Rodrigo Laub, seeded fifth, lost in the first round to Hagen Endler from North Florida. Two other seeded Seminole men's tennis players, No. 6 Alex Herrera and No. 8 Jarrod Owen won in straight sets.

The top seed in the pre-qualifying tournament, Mike Lang from the University of Miami, advanced with a win over Levaughn Munroe, a freshman from FAMU. The No. 2 seed, Jeremy Wurtzman from the University of Florida, defeated David Berry 6-1, 6-0. The pre-qualifying round concludes with the finals match on Saturday with a spot in the qualifying round open to the winner. For more information on the tournament, please contact Jason Byrne at 644-1350.

Wednesday's Results
(2) Wurtzman  d.  Berry  6-1, 6-0
Scarella  d.  Elien  6-2, 6-4
Kolowich  d.  Neilly  4-6, 7-5, 6-2
(7) Yarrell  d.  Hultquist  6-0, 6-2
Endler  d.  (5) Laub  6-1, 6-4
Muratora  d.  White  6-4, 6-2
Koldej  d.  Poulos  3-6, 6-2, 6-3
(4) Salvat  d.  Record  6-4, 6-1
Klingenberg  d.  Bailey  6-4, 7-6(3)
Mongerie  d.  McCree  6-4, 6-2
Vodicka  d.  Acosta  6-1, 6-0
(6) Herrera  d.  Valenti  6-3, 6-0
(8) Owen  d.  Martin  6-2, 6-4
Maymi  d.  Munson  6-2, 6-0
Bennett  d.  Maloney  6-4, 6-2
(1) Lang  d.  Munroe  6-2, 6-2

Thursday's Schedule (2) Wurtzman vs. Scarella 8:30 a.m. Kolowich vs. (7) Yarrell 9:00 a.m. Endler vs. Muratora 9:00 a.m. Koldej vs. (4) Salvat 9:00 a.m. Klingenberg vs. Mongerie 8:30 a.m. Vodicka vs. (6) Herrera 8:00 a.m. (8) Owen vs. Maymi 9:00 a.m. Bennett vs. (1) Lang 9:00 a.m.

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