Oct. 11, 2002
ATLANTA — Georgia Tech men’s tennis players Scott Schnugg and Marko Rajevac advanced to the quarterfinals of the “A” and “B” singles draws respectively on the first day of competition at the Georgia Tech Fall Invitational, which is being held at the Bill Moore Tennis Center in Atlanta, Ga.
Schnugg did not drop a set en route to a pair of victories on Friday to move into the third round of the “A” singles draw. In the first round, the eighth-seeded Schnugg downed Winthrop’s Michael Kuiecien in straight sets by scores of 6-3, 6-2. In the round of 16, Schnugg disposed of South Carolina’s Ben Atkinson by a 6-3, 6-4 count. He will now face second-seeded Clayton Almeida of Winthrop in the quarters on Saturday.
Rajevac was equally as impressive in his two matches on Friday, dropping only eight games in two straight-set victories. In the first round, the rookie downed South Carolina’s Kazuya Otani in strong fashion, 6-3, 6-0. Rajevac followed that by ousting third-seeded Jason Varela of Georgia by scores of 6-3 and 6-2. He will now face Tennessee’s Raul Martin in the quarters on Saturday.
Other winners for the Yellow Jackets on day one included junior West Nott, who defeated Georgia’s Timu Stefan in the first round by a 7-6 (6), 6-4 score, before falling to Furman’s James Cameron in the second round, 6-2, 6-0. Tech senior Fabio Campos picked up a three-set win over Georgia State’s Albano Franco by a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 score, before dropping a close 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 decision to Almeida of Winthrop. Jacket freshman Trevor McLeod won his opening match with fourth-seeded Nicolas Lupica of Georgia State by a 6-2, 7-6 (5) score, but was ousted in the second round by Tim Offermann of Armstrong Atlanic in three sets, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.
The final Georgia Tech singles player in the field was junior Jason Pieters, who won her opening match with Clemson’s Jermaine Jenkins in straight sets, 7-6, 6-2, but lost to Troy State’s Daniel Quincero by a 6-4, 6-1 score in the second round.
The Georgia Tech fall invitational will continue on Saturday with one round of singles play in both the main and consolation draws, followed by three rounds of doubles competition. Play will get under way tomorrow at 8 a.m. Full tournament draws and results are available at www.ramblinwreck.com.