Nov. 5, 1999
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Five members of the Florida State men's tennis team are competing in the Region II Indoor Championships this weekend. The tournament consists of top players from around the south region. ACC teams Wake Forest, Duke, Georgia Tech, Cemson and Virginia are represented throughout the tournament's field.
FSU placed or qualified five members of its team, sophomore Jeff Scarella, senior Mike Ingham, junior Chad Mooney and freshmen Deni Franulovic and Rodrigo Laub in the prestigous tournament. The singles field is set at 64 and the doubles tournament consists of 32 teams. Qualifying matches were played Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Eight members of the singles competition and four teams in the doubles draw had to win three matches to qualify for the Championships. The other entrants were selected by the ITA's south region committee and seeded based on their ranking.
After winning three matches to qualify for the doubles main draw, the FSU duo of sophomore Jeff Scarella and senior Mike Ingham lost their opening round match of the Championship on Friday, to UVA's Croker and Winter 8-3. Also playing in the main draw for FSU was the freshmen combo of Deni Franulovic and Rodrigo Laub. Franulovic and Laub lost to Elon's Navawengse and Nagle 8-3. The top seed in the doubles draw, Clemson's Knight and Goffi, advanced to the second round where they will face Wake Forest's Hanson and Mauro. Three of the top four seeds advanced to the second round. Only East Tennessee State's Gomez and Fernandez, the three seed, lost in the opening round.
Two Seminoles were selected to play in the singles portion and one Seminole made the main draw through the qualifying rounds. Franulovic won his first round match against North Carolina-Wilmington's James Collieson in three sets. Franulovic will face Joao Leite from Winthrop on Saturday. Mooney automatically qualified to the tournament's main draw as well, but Mooney dropped his opening round match to Old Dominion's Patrick Boza, 6-3, 6-4. Ingham played three singles matches and three doubles matches in two days to qualify for both the singles and doubles main draw. With his doubles tournament over after a first round loss earlier in the day, Ingham rallied to win his singles match, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. Ingham will play VCU's Jose Sanchez on Saturday in the second round.
After three days of competition the Seminoles have two singles players still alive. Franulovic and Ingham will look to move further into the field when play begins Saturday at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center on the campus of North Carolina.