TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State women’s tennis team (8-6, 1-3 ACC) will play host to the No. 18 Duke Blue Devils (7-3, 1-0 ACC) at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and the No. 3 North Carolina Tarheels (16-1, 3-0 ACC) at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, while the 28th-ranked men’s team (10-4, 0-1 ACC) will take on the Clemson Tigers (8-6) on Friday and the Miami Hurricanes (6-4, 0-2 ACC) on Sunday at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
The matches will begin at the same time on both Friday and Sunday, with all six doubles matches to be played on the south side courts at Speicher before the two matches split to their respective sides of the facility for singles play.
The women’s team have a pair of ranked conference foes this weekend as they take on the No. 18 Blue Devils on Friday and the No. 3 Tarheels on Sunday.
“Our big thing is competing. If we compete well on the day, we’re a dangerous team to play against, and I think we’ve shown that all season long,” women’s tennis head coach Jennifer Hyde said.
With both matches to be played at the same time each day, the Seminole faithful can watch both teams in doubles, and then catch the two matches on each side of the Speicher courts and cheer the teams on.
“I think the student-athlete experience is great when we’re playing side by side with the guys, and I think for the fans it doesn’t get any better,” Hyde said. “With six courts of doubles and then the two matches happening simultaneously, there’s nothing like it and we’re taking advantage of having two matches back-to-back.”
The Seminole men are riding high after last week’s 4-2 win over rival Florida at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. in the most attended college tennis match of the season.
“I told them it could go one of two ways- you can either propel it forward or you get overconfident and maybe lose some that you wouldn’t have,” men’s tennis head coach Dwayne Hultquist said.
Redshirt junior captain Jose Gracia, who clinched the huge win over Florida, leads the Seminoles against the Tigers and Hurricanes.
“It’s exciting to have a big crowd for both matches and to fill both sides of the stadium,” Gracia said.
Florida State is 20-20 against Clemson all-time following a 7-0 road win last season, while the Noles are looking to avenge a 4-3 loss at Miami last season and earn their 18th all-time win over the Hurricanes.
Fans should be aware that Chieftain Way, the street that runs in front of the Speicher Center, is closed for maintenance. The parking garage on Spirit Way across from the Florida State Soccer/Softball Complex is available for fans wishing to attend.
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Men’s Tennis vs. Clemson
Men’s Tennis vs. Miami