Sept. 20, 2001
The Florida State Seminoles will open their fall season this weekend as they travel to Athens, Ga. to compete in the Southern Collegiate Championship being held at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex Sept. 21-24. Georgia will welcome over 200 student-athletes representing 43 schools throughout the southeast. The field will consist of four singles flights and three doubles flights.
As Dwayne Hultquist enters his third season as the head coach of the Florida State men’s tennis team, his optimism for the program continues to grow. Florida State is entering the 2001-02 season ranked 59th in the country and fifth in the ACC. This season, the Seminoles are more motivated than ever to prove they have what it takes to succeed and make it to the NCAA Tournament.
The 2001-02 Seminoles are heading into a season filled with promise. Florida State returns four seniors, two juniors, three sophomores and welcomes two freshmen to the program this season. With an amazing pool of talent returning, the 2001-02 season looks to be one filled with excitement for the Seminoles.
Team leader, Xavier Luscan, enters his senior season with 51 career singles and doubles wins. He finished his junior campaign winning seven of eight matches against ACC opponents while being named to the 2001 All-ACC Men’s tennis team.
Joining Luscan in a quest for the NCAA Tournament are seniors, Bartosz Koldej, Gustav Bucht and Jeff Scarella. Koldej made an immediate impact in doubles competition going on a four-match winning streak with teammate Xavier Luscan where the two took wins over ACC opponents Clemson, Maryland and UNC. Bucht opened up his first spring season with the Seminoles on a four-match win streak with teammate Alex Herrera while playing primarily at the No. 2 position in singles action. Four-year standout Scarella finished his junior season with a winning record of 14-12 going on an eight match winning streak during the spring season and winning four matches at the No. 5 position and three at No. 6.
January will set the stage for the Seminoles spring dual match season as they begin at the ACC Indoor Championships, and then return home to host the Seminole Team Tournament, before hosting Furman. The men’s team will stay close to home this year playing 12 of 20 dual matches at the friendly confines of the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
The final month of action for the Seminoles will be packed with ACC matches for the ‘Noles. The team will first face North Carolina at home on April 6th, then travel to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech, and finish at home with the last match of the season vs. Duke on April 14th.
The 2001 season promises to be exciting as usual in Tallahassee with two home tournaments as well as the third year of hosting the USTA Challenger. Hultquist will rely on the leadership of his returners to guide this squad to a winning season.