February 19, 2016 - by

Tennis Hosts Speicher Family for Military Appreciation Matches

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State tennis programs will host a pair of military schools Saturday morning for the 2nd Annual Military Appreciation Day. The women will face Navy and the men face The Citadel at 11 a.m. Both matches will begin after a brief opening ceremony that will be attended by the family of Navy Capt. Scott Speicher, the first casualty of the Gulf War.

The tennis center at Florida State bears the name of Capt. Speicher, who’s plane was shot down in the early stages of the Gulf War 25 years ago last month. Five members of Speicher’s family, including his daughter and widow, will be in attendance for the first time since the courts opened in 1993.

Along with the Speicher family, FSU President John Thrasher and Student Veterans Center director Billy Francis will be in attendance. Members of the Florida State team will present the Navy and Citadel athletes with challenge coins as a show of appreciation for their service to our country. The Navy ROTC will also present the Color Guard.

Last season, the Florida State women hosted Air Force in the inaugural Military Appreciation event.

At 5 p.m., the men will face Liberty and the women will face crosstown foe Florida A&M. All matches for the 2016 season will be played at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center, and admission is always free.

This is the first time the women have faced Navy and are 14-0 all-time against FAMU. The men are 3-0 against The Citadel and have never played Liberty.

For more information on Florida State tennis, check Seminoles.com for the latest news and scheduling information, or keep up with the teams on social media through Twitter (@FSU_MTennis/@FSU_WTennis), Facebook (/FSUMTennis & /FSU.WTennis), and Instagram (@FSU_MTennis/@FSUWTennis).

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