TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 9 ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (21-1, 5-0 ACC) finish off their five-match home stand this Friday, March 30th as they take on No. 38 Louisville (14-4, 4-1 ACC) at 5:30 p.m.
The Seminoles are 5-0 all-time against the Cardinals and 3-0 against Louisville under head coach Dwayne Hultquist. FSU has outscored them 12-6 in those three match-ups including one shutout victory. The Cardinals are led by No. 98 Parker Wynn and Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff. Wynn is 14-1 on the year with a perfect 11-0 record on court two, he also holds a 1-1 record against ranked opponents. Morin-Kougoucheff has spent his whole season on court one, amassing a 10-2 record and a 4-2 record against ranked opponents. This duo teams up on court one in doubles as well, where they have gone 12-3 with a 3-3 record against ranked opponents.
Last Time Out
Florida State went 2-0 last weekend, defeating two ranked teams, No. 23 NC State and No. 1 Wake Forest. The Seminoles dominated NC State from the start. The Noles took the doubles point and then quickly ran through the Wolfpack as junior Aziz Dougaz clinched the win for Florida State. The Garnet and Gold made a statement in their Sunday match against No. 1 Wake Forest as they defeated them 4-3. This was just the second time in program history the Florida State had beaten the No. 1 team. The Seminoles were down 3-1 but stormed back taking the final three courts, all in three sets. Freshman Chase Wood clinched his team-leading fifth to secure the victory.
Numbers to Note
1The ranked 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)
5The Seminoles have recorded five 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 and No. 1 Wake Forest at home.
7 The Seminole lineup is a combined 7-4 against ranked opponents in the spring.
9The number of people who have clinched a match for the Seminoles, led by freshman Chase Wood who has five.
16 Redshirt senior Lucas Poullain leads the Seminoles in wins with a 16-1 record
21 The Number of straight weeks that Florida State has been ranked in the ITA poll.
48 The top three positions in Florida State’s lineup are a combined 48-5 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.
78 Gracia currently has 78 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.
99 The Seminoles are outscoring their opponents this season 99-18.
Noles in the Polls
In the latest Oracle/ITA poll, Florida State comes in at No. 9. This marks the 21st 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 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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