TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- Head coach Dwayne Hultquist and the Florida State men’s tennis team unveiled the spring schedule for 2017 on Monday.
“One of the things we always try to do is to play – not only probably the best conference in the country in the ACC – but schedule out of conference matches,” Hultquist said. “This year, I think those highlights would be Pepperdine and Texas A&M, which are both at home.”
Florida State begins the season hosting a dual match tournament hosting seven other schools from Jan. 14-15. Troy, UL-Lafayette, FAU, Southern Miss, Mercer, Georgia State and South Alabama are scheduled to participate.
The next matches will come on a home doubleheader with Florida Gulf Coast followed by Florida A&M.
The Seminoles will travel to Lubbock, Texas for the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, featuring Mississippi State, Iowa and host Texas Tech.
Following the ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championship, Florida State will host Pepperdine (Feb. 24) and Texas A&M (Feb. 26).
On March 10, the Seminole travel to the newly-constructed USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. to take on rival Florida on ESPN3.
The Noles will then navigate a challenging ACC slate that features home matches with Clemson, Miami, Notre Dame, Boston College, Virginia Tech, and a regular season finale with Virginia.
The ACC Championships, recently moved to Rome, Ga., will take place April 26-30
The NCAA Regionals will run May13-15 on campus sites before travelling to Athens, Ga. for the NCAA Championships, both team and individual, May 19-28.
“We’ll have a lot of starters from last year but we’ll have the new incoming guys that are going to be there to challenge both at the top and for playing time,” Hultquist said.
The highlight of the fall season for Seminoles saw incoming junior Guy Iradukunda capture the ITA Southeast Regional Championship in Tallahassee and earning a bid to the prestigious 32-man field USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.
Since the end of 2016 spring dual match season, Florida State has added Iradukunda, international transfer Lucas Poullain, as well as freshmen Alex Knaff and Rana Roop Singh Bhullar, all of whom have had strong fall seasons.
“I think we lost our number one, two and three players off last year but we’ve done a good job of reloading,” Hultquist said. “I’m excited to see how our new guys perform.”
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