Oct. 5, 2001
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech men’s tennis team opened play at the ITA All-American Championship in Stone Mountain, Ga., by recording an even record and advancing Joao Menano to the third round of pre-qualifying for the main draw of the tournament, which will take place next weekend. The tournament is being held at the Lincoln Tennis Center in Stone Mountain and is one of the three major collegiate tennis tournaments of the season.
In the first round, Yellow Jacket sophomore Scott Schnugg defeated Nils Henchen of Birmingham-Southern) in three sets by a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 score. Schnugg was unable to advance past the second round, as he fell in the second round of play to Ben Cox of Michigan in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 2-6. Freshman Trevor Wilson was Tech’s other first-round winner, as he defeated Christian Paiz of Florida Atlantic by a score of 3-1, as Paiz retired in the fifth game of the first set. Wilson then was eliminated as he was blanked by Alejandra Tejerina of Tulsa in the second round, 0-6, 0-6.
Tech sophomore Alex Navinkov dropped his opening match and was eliminated when he fell to Brent Steven of Illinois State by a 5-7, 7-6(4), 2-6 count. Stephen Moros joined Navinkov as a first-round victim as he fell to Stuart Waters of Iowa by a 6-3, 1-6, 4-6 score.
In the second round, Menano opened his play in the tournament with a win over Sander Koning of Clemson (6-3, 6-1) to advance to the third round on Saturday.
Play in the tournament will continue on Saturday with doubles play beginning. Tech will have two teams in the doubles draw, as the team of Menano and Moros will face Racioppi and Wright of Pepperdine and the team of Schnugg and West Nott will face Perrin and Sahara of Northwestern.
Full tournament results and draws are available at www.itatennis.com.