FORT WORTH, Texas – The No. 33 Florida State Seminoles (17-11, 7-7 ACC) will enter the program’s 15th-consecutive NCAA Championship appearance in the first round of the Fort Worth Regional against the No. 36 Arkansas Razorbacks (16-12, 6-6 SEC) on Friday at 12:00 p.m. EST at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center. The winner of this first round match will advance to play the winner of host No. 6 TCU and Jackson State in the second round.
The Seminoles are 9-4 all-time in the first round of the NCAA Championship, all but one of those wins coming under the watch of head coach Dwayne Hultquist. This opening round marks the first time that Florida State will play in the Fort Worth Regional, and are looking to reach the Round of 16 for the fourth time in Hultquist’s tenure.
The Seminoles are led by three All-ACC performers in sophomore Aziz Dougaz (first team), junior Guy Iradukunda (second team), and redshirt junior Lucas Poullain (third team).
Dougaz was a member of last year’s team that fell in a close 4-3 loss to Baylor in the first round of NCAA play in 2016, and helped the Seminoles clinch the doubles point to open the match. Current juniors Jose Gracia and Terrance Whitehurst registered Florida State’s only two singles points, and the trio look to bring that experience with them into the 2017 NCAA Tennis Championship against Arkansas.
With this year’s selection 15th-consecutive NCAA selection, Florida State is one of only five schools to have reached the tournament each of the last 15 seasons under a single head coach.
“We’re proud of being in very elite company who have made the tournament 15 years in a row,” Hultquist said.
Two weeks ago in the ACC Championship, Florida State defeated Clemson for the second time this season to advance to the quarterfinal round before falling to North Carolina in the ACC quarterfinals.
NCAA Singles Championships
Last week, Dougaz was selected as an at-large entrant into the NCAA Singles Championship, the first time in his career. Former standouts Benjamin Lock and Marco Nunez participated in both the singles and doubles championships each of the last two seasons, with Lock becoming the third All-American in school history with his seeded selection in 2016.
The singles and doubles championships will take place after the NCAA Team Championships in Athens, Ga. Draws will also be announced following the team championships.
Clear Bag Policy
For fans wishing to attend, the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center will be enforcing a clear bag policy for the NCAA Championship.
Only the following items will be permitted upon entrance into TCU athletics facilities:
-Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and not exceeding 14 inches by 14 inches
-One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
-One unopened bottle of water
-Small clutch bags with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the venue with one of the clear plastic bags
-The Small clutch bags must be approximately the size of a hand
-Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at stadium/arena gates
-Backpacks, diaper bags and other similar bags will not be allowed
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