Sept. 20, 2001
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech men’s tennis team will look to build on a successful 2000-01 season when it opens the 2002 campaign by competing at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships in Athens, Ga., September 21-24. The University of Georgia will serve as host for the four-day event at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
The Yellow Jackets return seven letterwinners from a team that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago, before falling to eventual national champion Georgia. Heading up the group of returnees will be junior Roger Anderson (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa), who earned All-ACC honors a year ago after recording a 15-15 record at No. 1 singles. Anderson teamed with fellow junior David Wright (Guayaquil, Ecuador) to post a 14-8 doubles mark at the No. 1 spot and the duo finished the year ranked 47th in the nation. As a result of their play a year ago, the tandem opens the 2002 campaign ranked eighth in the recently released ITA Preseason Doubles Poll.
Joining Anderson and Wright in this weekend’s event will be fellow junior Stephen Moros (Sarasota, Fla.), who captured the 2001 Atlantic Coast Conference Flight 4 singles title, becoming the first Tech player to win a conference singles crown in two years. Sophomore Joao Menano (Sao Paulo, Brazil) is also back in 2002 after he posted a team-best 21-6 record in singles play a year ago, including a 12-2 mark in dual matches.
Rounding out the returnees this season will be sophomore Alex Navinkov (Houston, Texas), who turned in an outstanding freshman season, as he compiled a 22-9 overall singles record, including an 11-5 mark in dual matches. He will be joined by junior Fabio Campos (Key Biscayne, Fla.), who did not compete for Tech a year ago.
Three newcomers will be competing for the Rambling Wreck for the first time this weekend as sophomores West Nott (Midland, Mich.) and Scott Schnugg (Medford, Ore.), along with freshman Trevor Wilson (Marietta, Ga.) are slated to be part of the Southern Intercollegiate field.
Both singles and doubles play will get under way at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, with play in both the championship and consolation brackets continuing throughout the weekend. Georgia Tech’s daily results will be available at www.ramblinwreck.com, with full tournament coverage available at www.georgiadogs.com.