TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 32 Florida State Seminoles (15-9, 5-5 ACC) will wrap up the 2017 regular season at home against the Virginia Tech Hokies (10-11, 4-6 ACC) on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and against the No. 3/2 Virginia Cavaliers (23-1, 9-1 ACC) on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
The match with Virginia Tech is the featured USTA/ACC Match of the Week, and both matches will be carried on ACC Network Extra, the last of seven total matches the Seminoles will have played on the network.
As the final home match of the season, Florida State’s seniors Jack Haffey and Jake Albo will be recognized before Sunday’s match with Virginia.
“Virginia-Virginia Tech is always a big weekend for us,” Haffey said. “They’re two very difficult teams, but I think we are starting to hit our stride later in the season. I think it will be a big test for us but we feel confident going into this weekend.”
Florida State holds a 9-6 advantage over the Hokies, who are looking to avenge a close 4-3 defeat at home at the hands of the Noles last season. Virginia holds the all-time lead 13-26 over FSU, and come into the match with a 23-1 record on the year.
“With these being our last home matches before ACCs, we want to be very competitive with them and get some wins and momentum heading into ACCs,” Albo said.
The lone seniors on a relatively young team, Haffey and Albo have been representative of what it means to be a student-athlete throughout their four seasons at Florida State.
Coming to FSU as a five-star recruit, Albo holds a 31-25 overall record in both singles and double. As a freshman in 2013-14, Albo earned the only ranked win of his career against No. 106 Lucas Corinteli of then-No. 4 Virginia. Albo will graduate this spring with a degree in information technology.
Haffey serves as one of Florida State’s team captains in 2017, holding a 5-0 record in doubles on the year and an overall career record of 38-32. Haffey will graduate this spring with an undergraduate degree in biology, and will be attending medical school to pursue a career in medicine.
Noles in the Polls
After splitting last weekend’s matches, the Seminoles rose from No. 33 to No. 32 in the ITA national rankings.
With career victories in the loss at Wake Forest, sophomore Aziz Dougaz rose from No. 63 to No. 38 in the nation, while redshirt junior Lucas Poullain earned his first career ITA singles ranking at No. 94. Junior Guy Iradukunda checks in at No. 74, while Dougaz and Iradukunda rose to No. 87 as a doubles pair.
Watch on ACC Network Extra:
WATCH vs. Virginia Tech: http://es.pn/2o46Fgy
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WATCH vs. Virginia: http://es.pn/2o4cryQ
Live Stats: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id=173966
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