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Men's Tennis Opens Season At The Southern Collegiate Championships

Sept. 28, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Led by No. 26th-ranked Xavier Luscan, the Florida State men's tennis team will play in their first tournament of the season this weekend at the Southern Collegiate Championships in Athens Georgia. Hosted by the University of Georgia and consisting of 33 schools from around the Southeast, the Southern Collegiate begins on Friday, Sept. 29th and concludes on Monday, October 2nd.

Luscan and Romain Jurd will compete in the Division I bracket. Luscan is seeded fourth in the upper half of the Division I draw while Jurd is seeded sixth in the lower half of the Division I draw. Both players will receive a bye for their first round match and will be playing second round matches Friday afternoon. FSU also entered two players in the Division II singles in Chad Mooney and Alex Herrera. Mooney will play his first match Friday morning, while Herrera will receive a bye in the first round and will play Friday afternoon. In the Division III singles draw, FSU entered Rodrigo Laub, Jeff Scarella and Jared Owen. Owen and Laub will both play their first match early Friday morning, while Scarella received a bye and will play later that afternoon. Representing FSU in the Division IV singles draw will be Elliot Elias and Joe Bassett who will both play their first matches early Friday morning.

"This is definitely one of the best tournaments in the fall as far as strength and competition," FSU Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist said. "This will be a great opportunity for us to get some matches in and see where we stand among other teams. We want to make a great showing. It will be a great way to evaluate where the players are right now and also what we need to work on."

Florida State's next competition will be the Seminole Fall Classic, October 13-15, at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.

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