March 27, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla.- The 10th ranked Florida State men’s tennis team faces two tough road tests this weekend as the Seminoles travel to the state of Virginia to face the Hokies and Cavaliers on Friday, March 28 and Sunday, March 30. Friday’s match against Virginia Tech is at 2:00 p.m. and will be streamed live on ACCSelect.
“Every match is tough in the ACC, but I think this weekend is particularly difficult,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “For Virginia Tech, this is probably the best team they have had since joining the ACC and then we’ll play the number one team in the country [Virginia] on Sunday. It is a huge challenge for us.”
The Seminoles (13-3, 4-1) are undefeated against the No. 28 Hokies (10-4, 3-2) with a 6-0 record, including a 5-2 victory last season in Tallahassee. FSU will have to guard against looking ahead to its Sunday match against the No. 1 team in the nation in order to beat Virginia Tech.
“I think we have done a good job of that,” Hultquist said. “We understand how good Virginia Tech is, we know they’ve played top 10 caliber teams so we know it will be a battle.”
On Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Florida State will face its toughest match of the season in Charlottesville, Va., when they take on top ranked and undefeated Virginia (19-0, 5-0). The Garnet and Gold actually hold a 13-11 advantage all-time against the Cavs, but are winless against them since 2003. The match will most likely feature a battle at the No.1 position between the Seminoles’ 40th ranked Jean-Yves Aubone and the nation’s top-ranked player, Somdev Devvarman, of Virginia.
“We think that this is a team we might play multiple times this season,” Hultquist said. “When you play them the first time you get an idea of where you stand and how you need to improve.”
For match results visit www.seminoles.com and to watch the Virginia Tech match live, log onto www.accselect.com.