TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 16 ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (15-1) heads to Lake Nona, Fla. for the second time this season as they take on Miami (6-4) Saturday, March 9th at the USTA National Campus at 6 p.m. before they leave for California to take on Pepperdine on Sunday, March 11th at 5 p.m. ET.
The Seminoles are 18-50 all-time against the Hurricanes and 16-5 against Miami under head coach Dwayne Hultquist. FSU has outscored them 90-50 in those 21 match-ups. Miami is led by senior and No. 99 Christian Langmo and the freshman duo of Adria Soriano Barrera and Bojan Jankulovski. Langmo is 7-2 on the year with all of his matches coming on court one. Barrera is 7-2 on the season with a 6-2 record on court two and Jankulovski is 8-2 on the season with a 7-1 record on court three.
Florida State is 4-4 all-time against Pepperdine including a 4-1 win in Tallahassee a season ago. The Waves are 2-7 on the season and led by junior Dennis Uspemsky on court one.
Last Time Out
Florida State was last on the court last Friday as they took on Clemson for their first ACC match of the season. The Seminoles were down early after losing the doubles point but fought back to win the match 5-2. Freshman Chase Wood gave the Noles their first lead after winning on court six, but the Tigers tied it up with a win on court one. Redshirt Senior Jose Gracia gave Florida State a 3-2 and the match was then clinched by junior Aziz Dougaz.
Numbers to Note
3 The Seminoles have recorded three 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. and No. 50 Clemson in Athens, Ga.
7 The number of people who have clinched a match for the Seminoles, led by senior Guy Iradukunda and freshman Chase Wood who both have three clinches.
11 Iradukunda leads the Seminoles in wins with an 11-1 record
12 Florida State has earned 12 of the possible 15 doubles points this season and is led by the doubles team of Terrance and Terrell Whitehurst who are 9-1 on the season at the No. 3 position.
18 The Number of straight weeks that Florida State has been ranked in the ITA poll.
35 The top three positions in Florida State’s lineup are a combined 35-4 this season
77 The Seminoles are outscoring their opponents this season 77-14.
Noles in the Polls
In the latest Oracle/ITA poll, Florida State comes in at No. 16. This marks the 18th straight week that the Noles have been ranked in the ITA Poll dating back to February 27, 2017. The Seminoles are also ranked No. 12 in the USTA poll.
The Seminoles are one of seven schools to have at least seven singles players and doubles pairs ranked, and one of two to have four doubles pairs ranked. They have three ranked singles players and four doubles pairs. Senior Guy Iradukunda leads off the pack coming in at No. 16, redshirt senior Lucas Poullain comes in at No. 56 and junior Aziz Dougaz comes in at No. 87. The duo of Guy Iradukunda and Alex Knaff leads the group of doubles pairs coming in at No. 17 in doubles. They are followed by at Jose Gracia and Lucas Poullain at No. 19, Terrance and Terrell Whitehurst at No. 44 and Iradukunda and Dougaz at No. 74.
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