TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the first time since 2009, the Florida State men’s tennis team has earned a national seed in the NCAA Tournament as was announced Tuesday evening. The Seminoles will open up the regional against Alabama State on Friday, May 11 at 5 p.m.
“It has been a couple of years since we hosted,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “This is an exciting time for us to be able to host and play an NCAA match on our own courts. We worked really hard this year to make that happen by beating No. 1 Wake Forest at home and Florida in Lake Nona. We have been incredibly consistent, going 27-4, only losing to some elite teams. This is going to be exciting and we hope we have a big crowd out there.”
The 23rd ranked Tulane Green Wave earned the No. 2 seed in the Tallahassee regional and will take on No. 3 seed and the 50th Alabama Crimson Tide in the opening match of the regional at 2 p.m. The two winners will face off on Saturday, May 12 at 4:00 p.m., with all three matches being held at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
“We know Tulane is good,” said Hultquist. “They are one of the better teams that is not hosting. Last year they were within a match to make the final site.”
The Seminoles earned the 12 seed after finishing with a 27-4 record, good for the most wins since 1984. Florida State also earned a program-high 10 ACC wins, which earned them the three seed in the ACC Tournament. The Seminoles opened the season winning 23 of their first 24 matches before losing three of their last seven, including two losses to North Carolina with one being in the ACC Tournament semifinals.
The Green Wave of Tulane earned an automatic berth into the tournament field as winners of the American Athletic Conference Championship. The second seed in the conference tournament, Tulane defeated East Carolina, UCF and USF en route to the program’s first AAC conference title.
Alabama earned an at-large bid into the tournament with an 18-12 overall record. The Crimson Tide, who were the No. 12 seed in the SEC Tennis Championships, defeated 13th seeded Auburn in the first round. The Crimson Tide moved on to the quarterfinals after taking down fifth-seeded Kentucky 4-1. Alabama’s run in the SEC tournament ended with a 4-3 loss to fourth-seeded Tennessee, who ranks 21st in the ITA poll.
Alabama State won the SWAC Championship as the one seed with a 4-0 victory over fifth-seeded Alcorn State in the championship match. The team is 12-8 overall and 6-0 in the conference.
“We know we have a good region and we are glad to be playing it in Tallahassee,” said Hultquist.
The winner of the Tallahassee regional will advance the round of 16 in Winston-Salem, N.C. for the remainder the NCAA Team Championship, held May 18-22 at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.
Tickets are available online to purchase at seminoles.com/tickets or at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on the day of the match.