April 28, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- The No. 16-ranked Florida State will host a NCAA Regional for the third consecutive season as it was announced on Tuesday, April 28.
“We’re thrilled to be hosting because we always feel like we play well at home,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “We’ll have a big crowd out there as we face some pretty tough teams.”
The Seminoles (19-8) will play Jacksonville State in the first round of the tournament on Friday, May 8, at 1:00 p.m. The Gamecocks won the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament and had a 21-2 record during the regular season. In the other first round match-up No. 2-seed Auburn will play No. 3-seed South Florida at 10:00 a.m. The Tigers earned a 13-10 record in the regular season and finished seventh in the SEC. The Bulls (14-8) won the 2009 Big East Championship and defeated Florida State 5-2 earlier in the season.
“Auburn has beaten Florida and South Florida beat us so we know those teams are good,” Hultquist said. “We don’t know a lot about Jacksonville State right now, but we do know they have a tremendous record.”
Last season the Garnet and Gold defeated Samford in the first round and South Alabama in the second round to advance to the round of 16 for the second time in school history.
“One of the things we do this time of year is work on getting into good physical condition,” Hulquist said. “In a couple of days we’ll be done with finals and we will be able to work on our doubles game and what each guy needs to do to win his individual matches.”
The winners of the first two matches will play on Saturday, May 9, at 1:00 p.m., with the winner advancing to the round of 16 in College Station, Texas. For living scoring and NCAA Championship Information log onto www.seminoles.com.