TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 9 ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (19-1, 3-0 ACC) stay at home this weekend to take on No. 23 NC State (11-3, 1-2 ACC) and No. 1 Wake Forest (13-0, 2-0 ACC). Both matches will be broadcasted live on the ACC Network Extra.
The Seminoles are 25-3 all-time against the Wolfpack and 16-2 against NC State under head coach Dwayne Hultquist. FSU has outscored them 88-38 in those 18 match-ups including two shutout victories. NC State has earned three victories against ranked opponents this season. The Wolfpack are led by sophomore and No. 24 ranked Alexis Galarneau as well as freshman Tadas Babelis. Galarneau is 7-5 on court one including five wins over ranked opponents. Babelis is 10-4 on the season with a 6-2 record on court two and a 4-2 record on court three.
Florida State is 21-14 all-time against Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons are 11-8 against the Seminoles under Hultquist and have outscored the Noles 71-60. Wake Forest is led by seventh ranked Petros Chrysochos. He has gone 10-1 on the season with a 9-1 record on court two. Chrysochos is 11-3 against ranked opponents this season. The Demon Deacons are also receiving a lot of wins from courts one and three with No. 29 Borna Gojo and No. 30 Skander Mansouri. Gojo is 6-0 on court one with a 5-0 record against ranked opponents and Mansouri is 8-1 on court three with a 7-2 record against ranked opponents.
Last Time Out
Florida State went 2-0 last weekend, defeating Drake 6-1 and Georgia Tech 5-2. In both matches, the Seminoles lost the doubles point and were forced to come back from a 1-0 deficit. Against Drake, the Garnet and Gold only lost two sets and won four of the five tiebreakers. Redshirt senior Jose Gracia moved into the record books with his doubles win against Georgia Tech. He is now tied for 10th in doubles win in school history. Junior Aziz Dougaz earned his first ranked win of 2018 with a 6-2, 6-1 win over No. 53 Carlos Divar on court one.
Numbers to Note
3The 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.
9The number of people who have clinched a match for the Seminoles, led by freshman Chase Wood who has four.
14 Redshirt senior Lucas Poullain leads the Seminoles in wins with a 14-1 record
20 The Number of straight weeks that Florida State has been ranked in the ITA poll.
43 The top three positions in Florida State’s lineup are a combined 43-4 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.
76 Gracia currently has 76 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.
91 The Seminoles are outscoring their opponents this season 91-15.
Noles in the Polls
In the latest Oracle/ITA poll, Florida State comes in at No. 20. This marks the 20th straight week that the Noles have been ranked in the ITA Poll dating back to February 27, 2017. The Seminoles are also ranked No. 11 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 three to have at least 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. 18, redshirt senior Lucas Poullain comes in at No. 61 and junior Aziz Dougaz comes in at No. 76. The duo of Guy Iradukunda and Alex Knaff leads the group of doubles pairs coming in at No. 18 in doubles. They are followed by at Jose Gracia and Lucas Poullain at No. 35, Iradukunda and Dougaz at No. 60 and Terrance and Terrell Whitehurst at No. 69.
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