Sept. 26, 2003
WACO, Texas – Led by a singles and doubles win by senior Scott Schnugg, the Georgia Tech men’s tennis team turned in a successful opening day at the Baylor Intercollegiate in Waco, Texas. The three-day tournament is being played at the Varsity Courts on the campus of Baylor University.
Schnugg, who is the fourth-seeded player in the tournament’s Gold Singles draw, received a first-round bye and then had little trouble with Marc Castellana of Louisiana-Lafayette in the second round. Schnugg picked up a straight-set win by scores of 6-4 and 6-1 and he will face 10th-seeded Divan Coetzee of New Mexico in the next round on Saturday morning.
In other singles action, Yellow Jacket rookie Zachary Rath made his Tech debut an impressive one, as he picked up a straight-set victory over TCU’s Craig Stopa. Rath won the first set by a 6-2 score before cruising to a 6-1 second-set victory. He will square off against New Mexico’s Henry Gers in the round of 16 of the Green Singles draw.
During the afternoon, the Jackets turned their attention to doubles play and advanced a pair of teams to the round of 16 of the Gold Doubles draw. Schnugg teamed with sophomore Marko Rajevac to pick up an 8-4 win over Jonathan Capps and Ignacio Melus of Lamar. The duo will meet Sandy Farguharson and Nathan McGregor of Texas-Arlington in the next round on Saturday night. Tech’s team of Rath and senior West Nott advanced via a walkover and will face Jonas Hoglund and Robert Kirchner of Texas-San Antonio in the round of 16.
The Baylor Intercollegiate will continue on Saturday with singles and doubles action and will conclude with the finals on Sunday. Full tournament results are available at www.tennisinformation.com.