Jan. 18, 2002
Winston-Salem, N.C. – The Georgia Tech men’s tennis team returned to action for the first time since the fall semester today on the first day of the Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Championships, being held at the Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The Yellow Jackets finished the day with an even record in singles competition, but truly got things going in doubles play, advancing two teams to the third round of play in the event.
In the singles draw, Tech had three players remain alive in the main draw, including Fabio Campos, who won his opening match with Dillon Walker of Virginia in straight sets by a tight 6-4, 7-6 (4) score. Campos then battled to defeat Jeff Scarella of Florida State in the second round by a 7-6 (4), 6-3 score. He will now face Jonathan Janda of North Carolina in Saturday’s third round.
Joining Campos in round three will be the Joao Menano, who is the event’s sixth-seeded player. Menano quickly disposed of Wake Forest’s Brian Murphy in his only match of the day, winning by a score of 6-2, 6-2. The final unbeaten Tech player is the event’s number-two seed, Roger Anderson. Anderson downed Wake’s Derrick Spice in straight sets by a 7-5, 6-3 score.
Sophomore Scott Schnugg opened the day for Tech with a win over Florida State’s Jarred Owen in straight sets by a 6-2, 7-5 score. Schnugg was unable to advance past the second round and fell to eighth-seeded Mike Murray of Wake Forest in a hard-fought three-set affair by a 4-6, 6-3, 1-6 score. Schnugg will now face Stephen Nolen of Virginia in the first round of the consolation draw beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Yellow Jacket freshman Trevor Wilson will join Schnugg in the consolation draw as he dropped his opening match of the tourney in straight sets to Mike Duquette of Virginia by a 3-6, 4-6 score.
In other singles action, sophomore West Nott won his first round match with Andrew Simpson of Wake Forest by a 6-2, 6-1 score, but fell to Tryesten Meniane of North Carolina by a 4-6, 4-6 score. The Jackets’ Alex Navinkov won his opening match in three sets over Jonathan Chou of Virginia by a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 score, but lost in round two to Andy Metzler of UNC by a 6-7 (4), 3-6 score.
The final two Jacket singles players in the draw, Stephen Moros and David Wright, each dropped their lone match of the day, with Moros falling to Jason Zimmerman of Duke by a 6-7 (1), 0-6 score. Wright dropped a straight-set decision to Nicholas Monroe of North Carolina by a 6-7 (4), 3-6 score.
In doubles action, Tech’s duo of Anderson and Wright is the top-seeded team in the event and rolled over Akins and Metzler of North Carolina in their first match by an 8-3 score. The Jackets’ team of Nott and Schnugg picked up right where they left off in the fall, with a win, as they downed Scarella and Webb of Florida State by an 8-5 score.
The duo of Campos and Navinkov dropped their opening match to Chow and Lempa of Virginia by a 6-8 score, while the team of Moros and Menano won their first match in strong fashion by an 8-0 count over Duquette and Walker of Virginia. Moros and Menano were unable to advance, falling by a 6-8 score to Cloer and Koldej of Florida State.
Play at the ACC Indoor Championships will continue on Saturday with the third and fourth rounds of play and conclude on Sunday with the semis and finals of each draw. Full results are available at www.wakeforestsports.com