ROME, Ga. – The No. 32 Florida State Seminoles (16-10, 6-6 ACC) enter postseason play against the 11-seed Clemson Tigers (9-15, 2-10 ACC) at the Rome Tennis Center at Barry College on Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
After a strong regular season, the Seminoles have earned the six seed into the second round of the 2017 ACC Tennis Championship.
FSU defeated the Tigers 6-1 in their regular season meeting in Tallahassee on March 17.
“Anyone in the ACC is good,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “I think there’s going to be tough matches, you can’t take anyone lightly. They’re really playing hard in close matches, so we anticipate a tough match with that.”
The winner of this six-versus-11 matchup will face the third-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels on Friday April 28 at 10:00 a.m.
After missing the last two matches, the Seminoles will return sophomore Aziz Dougaz at the top of the lineup.
“We have one more day to get ready (for ACCs), Dougaz said. I think that we can really go far if we have a good mentality, and that is the case. Every match is different, we’ll have to keep them tight and play them as if we are playing the number one team in the country.”
Noles in the Polls
After defeating Virginia’s No. 15-ranked doubles pair last weekend, redshirt juniors Lucas Poullain and Jose Gracia have shot up to No. 53 in the ITA doubles rankings, the highest ranking of their careers. Dougaz and junior Guy Iradukunda are ranked No. 77 nationally.
In singles, Poullain stays put at No. 94 in the ITA rankings, while Dougaz comes in at No. 38 and Iradukunda is ranked No. 73. The team remains at No. 32 entering the ACC Championship.
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