TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- Florida State men’s tennis head coach Dwayne Hultquist has announced the team’s 2017-18 schedule.
The Seminoles are coming off an 18-12 season and their 15th consecutive trip to the NCAA Championship that culminated in a second round appearance.
Florida State’s fall schedule contains nine tournaments including the ITA Southeast Regional Championship in Atlanta, Ga., and the ITA National Fall Championships in Indian Wells, Calif. The Garnet and Gold will host a tournament of their own on October 6-8 as they host the Bedford Cup in Tallahassee.
The Noles start their spring season as they travel to Hawaii to take on the University of Hawaii twice (Jan. 5 and 6) and Texas Tech (Jan. 8). Florida State comes back home for the next two weeks as they host the Florida State Spring Invitational (Jan. 13-14). The Garnet and Gold welcome Florida Gulf Coast and East Tennessee State to Tallahassee for a doubleheader the next weekend (Jan. 20).
Florida State heads to Waco, Tex. the next weekend as they will participate in the ITA Kick-off Weekend tournament hosted by Baylor on Jan. 27-28.
On Feb. 3 the Noles will head to Orlando, Fla. to take on the Florida Gators in the Fresh from Florida Sunshine Showdown. For the second straight year for the College Match Day event is hosted at the USTA National Tennis Center at Lake Nona.
The Seminoles are back home for another doubleheader the as they take on Florida A&M and The Citadel on Feb. 10. They head to Seattle, Wash. to compete in the National Team Indoors hosted by University of Wash. Feb. 16-19.
Following the National Team Indoors, the Seminoles head back to Tallahassee for their third doubleheader of the season as they take on the University of New Orleans and Liberty University on Feb. 24.
On March 2 the Noles take on their first ACC foe as they head to Clemson. They head back to Lake Nona to take on the Miami Hurricanes on March 9, once again at the USTA National Tennis Center.
From there Florida State travels to Malibu, Calif. to take on Pepperdine (March 11) before the come back home for a five-match home stand against three teams that finished 2017 ranked in the Top-35.
The Noles face Drake (March 16) and then begin the meat of their ACC schedule as they take on Georgia Tech (March 18), NC State (March 23), Wake Forest (March 25) and Louisville (March 30).
Florida State heads north for a four-game road stint as they take on Virginia Tech (April 6), Virginia (April 8), Boston College (April 12) and Notre Dame (April 15) before they finish the regular season at home against North Carolina (April 20) and Duke (April 22).
The ACC Championships will be held in Cary, N.C. from April 25 to April 29.
“We always schedule difficult and challenging and I think this year is no different. The ACC the last few years has been the top conference in the country with the top three teams in all coming from the ACC.”
“One thing that really highlights our schedule is the two matches at the USTA National Tennis Center in Lake Nona. We play Florida there again; which last year was the largest crowd in college tennis. We also will play Miami on March 9th. We have two of our rivals in the National Tennis Center.”
“We play Hawaii and Texas Tech in Hawaii and that is a great trip because Texas Tech is Top-20 team in the country.”
“We play 16 home matches this spring and that is a great thing because we have great support at home and the fans always come out to watch us.”
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