March 7, 2000 - by

Men’s Tennis Prepares To Face Texas

March 7, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The 45th-ranked Florida State men’s tennis team
takes its eight-match winning streak to Austin, Texas to face the
12th-ranked Texas Longhorns on Wednesday, March 5th at 2 p.m. First-year
FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist returns to the school where he served for
eight years as an assistant. Hultquist brings the Seminoles into
Wednesday’s match with the Longhorns with a record of 9-1.

“I am pleased with where we are right now,” said Hultquist. “We
have beat some good teams and some teams that we should have beaten heading
into the season. Now it is time to face some of the elite teams in the
country and see how we stack up. Texas is one of those elite teams, they
are ranked 12th so it should be a good test for us. We lost to Texas
Christian pretty good, and now we get to see how much we have improved. We
have Clemson after them so that will be two of the best three teams we have
faced this season. Wake Forest was a good win for us and but this week
will be a good gauge on where we stand.”

The Seminoles are the hottest team in the country jumping 24 spots
since the preseason ITA rankings came out in December. FSU is led by the
nation’s 29th-ranked player Xavier Luscan. Luscan is riding an eight-match
winning streak at No. 1 singles and teams with freshman Rodrigo Laub to
play doubles. Laub is looking to extend his own winning streak in singles
to 10 and is 14-3 overall in his freshman campaign.

Sophomore Noah Schnell and senior Mike Ingham are also riding
winning streaks of three and two, respectively. Schnell is 5-1 at No. 5
singles this season while Ingham has solidified the No. 2 singles spot with
a record of 5-2. Junior Chad Mooney has had an up-and-down season,
defeating four of five opponents at No. 3 singles while dropping three of
four matches at No. 4 singles.

Texas enters Wednesday’s match with two ranked players, No. 28
Michael Blue and No. 64 Nick Crowell. Last season, the Longhorns advanced
to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament before falling to eventual National
Champion Georgia.

“Well, I know them (Texas) really well so it’s a matter of
executing,” said Hultquist. “On paper they are a better team but that
doesn’t mean anything when you step on the court. I have kept in touch
with many of the players and their families so I am looking forward to
seeing them again. I root for Texas in every match they play in except for
this Wednesday’s.”

Following the Texas match, the Seminoles will face the Clemson
Tigers on Sunday, March 12th at 1:00 p.m in Clemson, S.C. The 30th-ranked
Tigers will be the Noles first ACC match of the season and only their
fourth match away from Tallahassee. FSU is 1-1 on the road this dual match
season heading into Wednesday’s match with Texas.

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