February 17, 2000 - by

Men’s Tennis Takes 5-1 Record Into Three-Match Homestand

Feb. 17, 2000



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State Seminole men’s tennis team
(5-1) heads into a three-match homestand this weekend ranked 46th in the
nation according to the latest ITA poll, which was released on Wednesday.
FSU is 4-0 at home this season under first year head coach Dwayne
Hultquist. Hultquist continues to prepare a young Seminole team for
conference play that is set to begin in early March.

The Florida State Seminoles first opponent of the lengthy weekend
are the Owls from Florida Atlantic University. Junior Xavier Luscan will
look to uphold his No. 56 national ranking as he battles at No. 1 singles
for FSU. Senior Mike Ingham will reach for his 77th career win while
freshman Rodrigo Laub will strive to increase his winning streak to seven.
The Noles current winning streak against FAU dates back to 1997 when FSU
defeated FAU by a score of 6-1. The Seminoles again defeated FAU in 1998
and 1999 by a score of 7-0 and 5-2.

“FAU is a big team,” said Hultquist. “They just beat South
Florida, so they are going to be tough to beat.”

Last weekend, Ingham notched his 75th career win against
UNC-Asheville. Ingham, who hails from Rochdale, England, is the team’s
captain and is attempting to show the younger players how to win by
example.

“Areas of my game are improving, but winning is the main issue,”
said Ingham.

Following the Friday match, the Noles will host a doubleheader on
Saturday at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The first team to take on
the 46th-ranked Noles will be Southern Mississippi at 12 noon. In this
match, the Seminoles have yet another winning streak to continue. FSU has
won three straight against Southern Mississippi.

The final match of the weekend is at 3:30 p.m., Saturday when the
Seminoles take on the Stetson Hatters of Deland, FL. The Seminoles winning
streak with the Hatters dates back to 1998. Prior to that year, 47 years
had accumulated since the Noles faced the Hatters. Back in 1950, the Noles
were victorious over Stetson by a score of 6-3.

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