April 3, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla.- The No. 9 ranked Florida State men’s tennis team faces two critical matches this weekend at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center as the Seminoles take on No. 28 Wake Forest on Friday, April 4, at 5:00 p.m. and No. 44 North Carolina St. on Sunday, April 6, at 1:00 p.m.
FSU (14-4, 5-2) enters its match on Friday in fourth place in the ACC one spot behind the Demon Deacons (15-6, 6-1). A victory would move the Garnet and Gold into a tie for third and help improve the teams’ chances for a first round bye in the upcoming ACC Tournament in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
“I think it’s [first round bye] very important,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “The higher you are the better the draw you get is. If you don’t get a bye you may play a tough quarterfinal match because the ACC is so strong.”
Last season Florida State upset Wake Forest in Winston Salem, N.C. winning the match 4-3. The Seminoles lead the all-time series with the Demon Deacons 18-6 including a three match winning streak. Wake Forest comes into the ACC duel on a six match winning streak and will not be taken lightly by FSU.
“Wake Forest has had a great year and are playing really good,” Hultquist said. “We expect a tough match, they are a great team and we are looking forward to it.”
On Sunday, the Garnet and Gold take on the Wolfpack from North Carolina St. FSU has never lost to N.C. State at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center and hold a 14-3 career record against the squad from Raleigh, N.C.
“North Carolina St. was ranked in the top 25 to start the season, but they have lost a bunch of close matches,” Hultquist said. “They were an excellent team last year and they still have a lot of players from that team.”
Admission is free at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center and for live match results on the web, visit www.seminoles.com.