TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 21 ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (3-0) comes home from Hawai’i to begin their five-match home stand this Saturday and Sunday with the Florida State Spring Invitational.
“We are coming off a good week out in Hawai’i,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “We had a great experience, but it was a little hard travel wise. We now have to get back at it and play three matches this weekend.”
The Seminoles will be host to seven schools, Louisiana, Mercer, Georgia State, North Florida, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic and Furman in a bracketed dual match tournament that runs Saturday through Sunday.
“There are all good teams here, teams that will be competitive and fight to make the NCAA tournament, with a couple of them making it the last few years,” said Hultquist. “I see some good challenges for us.”
The Garnet and Gold are a combined 121-15 against the seven schools including an undefeated record against FAMU, FAU and Mercer.
The Noles open up against Louisiana on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The winner of that match goes on to play the winner of Georgia State and Mercer at 6:30 p.m. with the loser playing the loser of that match-up at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Florida State is 11-10 all-time against the Ragin Cajuns.
All teams will get the opportunity to play three matches on the weekend with the championship finals taking play at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday and the third-place match at 2:30 p.m.
The Seminoles look to build off an impressive performance a week ago that saw them go 3-0 with two shutout wins over Hawai’i and a win over No. 24 Texas Tech, 6-1.
“This will be six matches in 10 days for us at the end of the weekend,” said Hultquist. We have played more than almost any team in the country early on, but I think it is good for us to get a bunch of matches in. We have a lot of depth so we will play a bunch of people this weekend.”
Due to the threat of cold weather, this weekend all of the matches have been moved to the FSU indoor tennis courts. In the first round and back draw, all matches will have singles play first before doubles. The semifinals and finals will have doubles play take place before singles.
Admission is free at the Indoor Tennis Facility throughout the tournament and is located at 2566 Pottsdamer Rd., Tallahassee, Fla., 32310.
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