TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 12 ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (22-1, 6-0 ACC) head on the road for the first time in three weeks as they take on Virginia Tech (12-6, 3-5 ACC) on Friday, April 6th at 2:30 p.m. and No. 42 Virginia (11-7, 4-3 ACC) on Sunday April 8th at 1 p.m.
The Seminoles are 9-7 all-time against Virginia Tech and 7-7 against the Hokies under head coach Dwayne Hultquist. FSU has outscored them in those 14 meeting 52-46 including one shutout victory. The Hokies are led by No. 39 Mitch Harper. He is 9-5 on the season with four wins over ranked opponents. Virginia Tech has received most of its scoring from courts three and four as sophomore Alexandre Ribeiro is 13-4 on the season with 10 of those wins on court three. Freshman Carlo Donato has gone 12-4 with an 8-3 record on court four.
Virginia leads the all-time series against Florida State 27-13 and has won the last 19 straight dating back to 2003. The Cavaliers are led by No. 33 Aswin Lizen, No. 35 Carl Soderlund and Gianni Ross. Lizen is 15-2 on the year with a 6-2 record on court two and a 7-0 record on court three. He is 1-0 against ranked opponents. Soderlund is 7-3 this season with all his matches played on court one and has taken down 3 ranked opponents. Ross is second on the team in wins with 13, seven of those on court two.
Last Time Out
Florida State defeated its sixth ranked team of the season with a 6-1 win over No. 38 Louisville. The Seminoles earned the doubles point as it was clinched by the new pair of redshirt senior Lucas Poullain and senior Terrell Whitehurst. The Seminoles jumped out to a 2-1 lead after freshman Chase Wood’s sixth straight win. Junior Aziz Dougaz then earned his third win over a ranked opponent on court two to give Florida State a 3-1 lead. The match was clinched by sophomore Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar. He became the 10th Seminole to clinch a match this season. Every member of the team has now clinched at least one match.
Numbers to Note
.957 The Seminoles have the highest winning percentage in the country and are one of two teams to only have one loss this season.
1 The 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)
6The Seminoles have recorded six 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 and No. 38 Louisville at home.
8 The Seminole lineup is a combined 8-4 against ranked opponents in the spring.
10 The number of people who have clinched a match for the Seminoles, led by freshman Chase Wood who has five.
17 Redshirt senior Lucas Poullain leads the Seminoles in wins with a 17-1 record
22 The Number of straight weeks that Florida State has been ranked in the ITA poll.
50 The top three positions in Florida State’s lineup are a combined 50-6 this season
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.
79 Gracia currently has 79 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.
105 The Seminoles are outscoring their opponents this season 105-19.
Noles in the Polls
In the latest Oracle/ITA poll, Florida State comes in at No. 12. This marks the 22nd straight week that the Noles have been ranked in the ITA Poll dating back to February 27, 2017. The Seminoles are also ranked No. 7 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. 18, redshirt senior Lucas Poullain comes in at No. 32 and junior Aziz Dougaz comes in at No. 51. The duo of Guy Iradukunda and Alex Knaff leads the group of doubles pairs coming in at No. 22 in doubles. They are followed by Jose Gracia and Lucas Poullain at No. 33.
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