May 10, 2018 - by
Men’s Tennis Kicks Off NCAA Tournament Against Alabama State

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the first time since 2009, the Florida State men’s tennis team will be hosting the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles will play host to Alabama and Tulane at 2 p.m. and will take on Alabama State at 5 p.m. Friday, May 11.

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.

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.

Florida State will be taking on Alabama State in the first round. The Hornets 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 11-9 overall and 7-0 in the conference.

This will be the first match between Florida State and Alabama State. Alabama State is led by Ion Efrim on court one. He has gone 9-4 on the season and holds the second highest winning percentage. The Hornets are also led by Tomas Fernandez who has gone 9-7 on the season with a 9-2 record on court three.

With a win on Friday, the Seminoles will advance the second round and take on the winner of Alabama and Tulane at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12.

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.

Numbers to Note
1
The ranking of Wake Forest when Florida State defeated them 4-3. It was the second win over a No. 1 ranked team in program history and second in three years (No. 1 North Carolina in 2016)
10
The Seminoles have recorded eight wins vs. ranked opponents in 2018. They defeated No. 24 Texas Tech in Hawaii, No. 8 Florida at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, Fla., No. 50 Clemson in Athens, Ga., No. 23 NC State at home, No. 1 Wake Forest at home, No. 38 Louisville at home, No. 42 Virginia on the road, No. 28 Notre Dame on the road and No. 22 Duke at home and in the ACC Championship.
10
The number of people who have clinched a match for the Seminoles, led by freshman Chase Wood who has six.
22 Redshirt senior Lucas Poullain leads the Seminoles in wins with a 22-1 record
26 The Number of straight weeks that Florida State has been ranked in the ITA poll.
51 Seniors Terrance and Terrell Whitehurst currently have 51 career doubles wins together, good for fourth-most in school history as a duo. They need one more win to have sole possession of fourth place and two wins to tie for third.
63 The top three positions in Florida State’s lineup are a combined 63-14 this season
83 Gracia currently has 83 career doubles wins. He cracked the top-10 in career doubles wins for an individual in FSU history with his 6-2 win on court two against Georgia Tech. He currently ranks tied for sixth.
132 The Seminoles are outscoring their opponents this season 132-39.
163 Gracia has 163 career wins and currently ranks 6th in all-time wins at Florida State

Noles in the Polls
In the latest Oracle/ITA poll, Florida State comes in at No. 11. This marks the 26th straight week that the Noles have been ranked in the ITA Poll dating back to February 27, 2017. The Seminoles are also ranked No. 12 in the USTA poll.

The Seminoles have three ranked singles players and two doubles pairs. Junior Aziz Dougaz leads off the pack coming in at No. 25, redshirt senior Lucas Poullain comes in at No. 35 and senior Guy Iradukunda comes in at No. 44. The duo of Jose Gracia and Lucas Poullain at No. 55. They are followed up by Guy Iradukunda and Alex Knaff at No. 60 and Gracia and Knaff at No. 74.

To keep up with the Seminoles, check Seminoles.com for the latest news and scheduling information, or keep up with the team on social media through Twitter (@FSU_MTennis), Facebook (/FSUMTennis), and Instagram (@FSU_MTennis).

Tickets are available online to purchase at seminoles.com/tickets or at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on the day of the match.

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