HONOLULU, Hi. – The 2018 ITA preseason Spring Top-25 rankings came out on Wednesday with the Florida State men’s tennis team coming in ranked No. 21. The Noles will face seven teams ranked in the first rankings of the season, including No. 24 Texas Tech this week.
The Seminoles tied for the largest jump in the rankings from the end of last season, moving up ten spots.
“I anticipated that we would be in the Top-25 after our strong fall,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “
Having Guy, Lucas and Alex all ranked in the Top-60 and Aziz having a lot of success this fall in futures events really helped us. I am glad to see that we got rewarded.”
“It looks as if we are going to have an incredibly tough schedule. We play the No. 1 and No. 3 teams at home this spring. We also have a lot of top out of conference matches as well. I think we have an outstanding schedule and it will be a real challenge for us.”
The No. 21 ranked Florida State men’s tennis team kicks off it’s 2018 season with three matches in Honolulu, two against Hawai’i (Jan. 5-6) and one against Texas Tech (Jan. 8)
The No. 21 ranked Seminoles open against the Rainbow Warriors at 4 p.m. ET on Friday and follow that with a second match on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET against the Sandbows. Florida State is 2-0 all-time against Hawai’i with their last win coming in 2008.
The Garnet and Gold wrap up their trip in Hawai’i with a match against Texas Tech on Monday at 5 p.m. ET. The Noles and Red Raiders have split the series both winning one match apiece.
Florida State looks to show their depth this season as they have a nice mix of experience and new talent. The Seminoles look to have freshmen Chase Wood and Sebastian Arcila make an impact to go along with eight returning players.
To keep up with the Seminoles, check Seminoles.com for the latest news and scheduling information, or keep up with the team on social media through Twitter (@FSU_MTennis), Facebook (/FSUMTennis), and Instagram (@FSU_MTennis).