TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 11 ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (25-2, 9-1 ACC) heads into the final week of the regular season with the opportunity to do something that they have never done before, win a regular season ACC title. To do so the Seminoles first have to beat No. 7 North Carolina (18-4, 9-1 ACC) on Friday and No. 22 Duke (15-10, 6-4 ACC) on Sunday as a part of senior day.
The Seminoles are 12-33 all-time against North Carolina and 7-15 against the Tar Heels under head coach Dwayne Hultquist. The last time the two teams played in Tallahassee, Florida State took down then No. 1 North Carolina 4-3 for their first-ever win over a number one ranked team.
North Carolina is led by the number two player in the country William Blumberg. He has played all of his matches on court one and has gone 14-3. Blumberg is 9-1 in the ACC and 11-2 against ranked opponents. No. 38 Benjamin Sigouin leads North Carolina on court two with an 11-2 record including six wins over ranked opponents. On court three No. 87 Robert Kelly has gone 8-3 with a 6-2 record in the ACC. He is winless in four tries against ranked foes. The top of the Carolina lineup is rounded out is Blaine Boyden. He has gone 10-0 on court five with a perfect 19-0 record overall. He is 10-0 in the ACC and has yet to play a ranked opponent. The Tar Heel Doubles attack is led by the number one doubles team in the country of Blumberg and Kelly. The duo has combined to go 13-3 on court one with a 4-2 record against ranked opponents.
The Seminoles trail in the all-time series against Duke 12-30. Duke has won nine of the last ten meetings after Florida State captured the previous six matches. The Seminoles last win against the Blue Devils was a home in 2016 when the Garnet and Gold won 5-2. Coach Hultquist is 9-16 against Duke in his 18 years at Florida State.
Duke is led by No. 11 Nicola Alvarez on court one. He is 9-2 on that court with a 14-4 overall record and has a 5-2 record against ACC foes. No. 100 Catalin Mateas leads the Blue Devils on court two. He is 4-6 on that court with an 11-12 overall record. Mateas is 4-5 in the ACC and 1-8 against ranked opponents. Nick Stachowiak rounds out the top three courts for Duke with a 7-3 record on court three. He is 24-10 overall this season with a 2-1 record against ranked opponents and a 5-4 record in the ACC.
Last Time Out
Florida State defeated Boston College and No. 28 Notre Dame on the road. The win over Notre Dame marked the eighth win over a ranked team this season.
Numbers to Note
.926The Seminoles have the highest winning percentage in the ACC and are one of two teams in the ACC to only have two losses this season.
1The 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)
8The 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 and No. 28 Notre Dame on the road.
10The number of people who have clinched a match for the Seminoles, led by freshman Chase Wood who has five.
21 Redshirt senior Lucas Poullain leads the Seminoles in wins with a 21-1 record
24 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.
58 The top three positions in Florida State’s lineup are a combined 58-10 this season
81 Gracia currently has 81 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 seventh.
122 The Seminoles are outscoring their opponents this season 122-30.
159 Gracia has 159 career wins and currently ranks 10th 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 24th straight week that the Noles have been ranked in the ITA Poll dating back to February 27, 2017. The Seminoles are also ranked No. 10 in the USTA poll.
The Seminoles have three ranked singles players and two doubles pairs. Senior Guy Iradukunda leads off the pack coming in at No. 31, redshirt senior Lucas Poullain comes in at No. 41 and junior Aziz Dougaz comes in at No. 46. The duo of Jose Gracia and Lucas Poullain at No. 44. They are followed up by Guy Iradukunda and Alex Knaff at No. 48.
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