April 12, 2002
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech men’s tennis team extended its win streak to four by coming from behind in the singles portion of the match to claim a 4-3 win over Florida State on Friday afternoon at the Bill Moore Tennis Center. Stephen Moros’ win at No. 6 singles sealed the victory for the Jackets.
The Yellow Jackets (13-8, 5-3 ACC) fell behind early in the match by dropping the doubles point to the Seminoles (12-8, 4-3 ACC), as FSU won a pair of matches in tiebreakers. Tech’s lone doubles win came at the No. 1 spot, as Roger Anderson and David Wright defeated Florida State’s tandem of Xavier Luscan and Chip Webb by an 8-3 count. The ‘Noles then rallied to win the next two doubles matches in tiebreakers by matching scores of 9-8. Mat Cloer and Jarrod Owen of FSU defeated the Jackets’ West Nott and Scott Schnugg by a 9-8 score, winning a dramatic tiebreaker by an 11-9 score. The Seminoles’ team of Gustav Bucht and Romain Jurd downed Tech’s Joao Menano and Fabio Campos by a 9-8 (2) score.
In singles action, the match remained tight and was not decided until the No. 6 singles match. Tech jumped on the board first as David Wright cruised past FSU’s Romain Jurd at No. 2 in straight sets by a 6-0, 6-1 score. Mat Cloer then put the Seminoles back on top in the match by a 2-1 score as he defeated the Jackets’ Scott Schnugg in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.
Florida State then went ahead 3-1 as Xavier Luscan was a winner over Tech’s Roger Anderson at No. 1 singles as Anderson was forced to retire from the match with an ankle injury in the first game of the third set. The match was even at a set apiece with Anderson winning the first set 7-5 and Luscan the second by a matching 7-5 score.
Sophomore Joao Menano pulled the Jackets to within 3-2 with a win at No. 4 over Chip Webb in an impressive straight-set, 6-2, 6-0 decision. West Nott kept the Tech roll going at No. 5, was he battled to defeat FSU’s Gustav Bucht in straight sets, 7-6 (5), 6-4. Nott rallied from being down 5-2 in the tiebreaker to win the first set and then broke Bucht’s serve to end the match in the second.
With the match even at 3-3, Moros fell behind the Seminoles’ Jeff Scarella by dropping the first set by a 6-4 score. He then rallied to win the next two sets, holding serve in the second before winning a tiebreaker 7-3 and then breaking Scarella’s serve twice in the third set en route to a 6-1 win and the 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1 victory.
The Yellow Jackets will conclude their regular-season schedule on Sunday when they host Miami in a match that will begin at 1 p.m. at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
#46 GEORGIA TECH 4, #47 FLORIDA STATE 3DOUBLES1. Anderso/Wright (GT) d. Luscan/Webb (FSU), 8-32. Cloer/Owen (FSU) d. Schnugg/Nott (GT), 9-8 (9)3. Brucht/Jurd (FSU) d. Menano/Campos (GT), 9-8 (2)
SINGLES 1. Xavier Luscan (FSU) d. Roger Anderson (GT), 5-7, 7-5, Ret. 2. David Wright (GT) d. Romain Jurd (FSU), 6-0, 6-1 3. Mat Cloer (FSU) d. Scott Schnugg (GT), 6-3, 6-4 4. Joao Menano (GT) d. Chip Webb (FSU), 6-2, 6-0 5. West Nott (GT) d. Gustav Bucht (FSU), 7-6 (5), 6-4 6. Stephen Moros (GT) d. Jeff Scarella (FSU), 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1