TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Four Seminoles will play this weekend at the Crimson Tide Four-in-the-Fall tournament, hosted by the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Redshirt junior João Gauer, sophomores Jake Albo and Jack Haffey, and redshirt freshman Jose Gracia will take the court in the Crimson Tide tournament that runs from Friday, Sept. 26 to Sunday, Sept. 28.
Joining the No. 37 Seminoles in Tuscaloosa are players from seven teams that finished 2014 ranked, including Illinois (No. 11), Notre Dame (No. 13), Alabama (No. 35), Dartmouth (No. 48), Princeton (No. 61), and Tulane (No. 65). Also participating in the tournament are Middle Tennessee State, Rice, Samford, South Alabama and UAB.
“I’m looking forward to facing a tough tournament field with some nationally ranked teams,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “I really like the event structure that guarantees everyone plays at least seven matches. This will be a great indication of where our game is and where our fitness level is.”
Gauer, Albo, and Haffey last played Sept. 12-14 at the Bedford Cup in Jacksonville, which featured athletes from 11 universities around the state of Florida. Haffey fought back from a first-day loss to win one of four consolation brackets, and teamed with Gauer to reach the semifinals of the doubles draw. Both players went 2-1 in singles competition, while Albo went 1-2.
Gracia was previously on the court Sept. 12-14 at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships in Athens, Ga. The Delray Beach, Fla., native went 1-1 in singles competition, and paired with Parker Evertsen to go 2-1 in the doubles bracket.
The Crimson Tide Four-in-the-Fall will feature three 16-player singles draws (compass) and three 8-team doubles draws. Play begins Friday morning at 10 a.m. ET (9 a.m. CT).
Draws will be posted to Seminoles.com late Thursday, Sept. 25, and will be updated throughout the weekend. For updated results as they happen, follow the team on Twitter @FSU_MTennis.