Sept. 12, 2002
ATLANTA — The Georgia Tech men’s tennis team will open it 2002 fall season this weekend by competing in the Southern Intercollegiate Scramble at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., on the campus of the University of Georgia.
The event will feature a modified dual-match format, with four teams competing in a round-robin competition, although no team scores will be recorded, individual results will count toward fall records. The Yellow Jackets will open the event by facing Mississippi State on Friday morning at 10 a.m., before facing ACC rival Duke at 2 p.m. on Saturday and wrapping up the competition by squaring off with host Georgia at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Tech will be looking to build on a successful 2002 season, in which the Jackets earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years and junior Roger Anderson gained a spot in the NCAA Individual Championship for the first time. The Yellow Jackets finished the year with a 15-11 record and a No. 44 national ranking. Tech reached the finals of the ACC Tournament a year ago for the first time since 1999, knocking off perennial power Duke in the semifinals.
Anderson, and All-ACC selection a year ago, will once again be at the head of the Tech lineup, as he has earned a No. 20 ranking in the preseason ITA poll. He will be joined this season by an experienced group of returnees. Included in that group will be juniors Joao Menano, West Nott and Scott Schnugg. Menano captured the ACC Indoor Championship a year ago, while Nott and Schnugg combined to form one of the Jackets’ top doubles teams, with Schnugg finishing tied for the team lead with 28 singles victories.
A trio of newcomers join the roster for the 2002-03 season, with junior Louisiana-Lafayette transfer Jason Pieters and rookies Trevor McLeod (Kalamazoo, Mich.) and Marko Rajevac (Belgrade, Yugoslavia) looking to make an impact on the Tech lineup.
Full tournament results will be available at www.georgiadogs.com, with daily updates of Georgia Tech’s results being posted at www.ramblinwreck.com.