March 3, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After being rained out last weekend against
Miami, the Florida State Seminoles will play their first match in eight
days against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Sunday, March 5th. The Demon
Deacons are 5-1 on the season and the Seminoles enter Sunday’s match on a
seven-match winning streak and a record of 8-1.
“This hole in the schedule is too long,” said FSU head coach
Dwayne Hultquist. “Even though our team is healthy, this two week gap is
not good. This is a big match for us because it is our first one in the
ACC. If we do well this weekend and end up in the upper teir, we will do
well in the NCAA’s.”
Giving up no more than three points per match, the Noles have swept
Wake Forest in seven out of the last eight matches between the two. In
1999, the Noles fell short of a victory to Wake by a score of 4-3 for their
first loss to the Demon Deacons in seven years. In 1998, the Noles
defeated Wake by a score of 5-2, in 1997 by a score of 4-0, in 1996 by
score 6-1, in 1995 by a score of 5-2, in 1994 by a score of 6-1, in 1993 by
a score of 6-1, in 1992 by a score of 5-3.
Florida State is one of the hottest teams in the country jumping 24
spots in the ITA poll since opening the preseason rankings at No. 69. The
Noles have ripped off seven consecutive wins and are 8-1. The only other
team in the country to rise as many spots in the rankings this season is
Ball State, who jumped from No. 75 to No. 44, but who have now fallen to
the No. 54 position after a loss last week. In the midst of this hottest
team is one of the countries hottest player, Xavier Luscan. Luscan has
jumped 26 spots in the rankings from No. 55 to No. 29 in the last two
In dual matches this season, senior Mike Ingham and sophomore Noah
Schnell both have records of 6-3. Ingham has competed at the No. 2, No. 3,
No. 4, and No. 5 slot. Ingham’s record at No. 2 is 4-2, at No. 3 is 1-0,
at No. 4 0-1 and at No. 5 is 1-0. Schnell has competed at the No. 3, No.
4, and No. 5 positions with records consisting of 0-1, 2-1, and 4-1
The 1999-2000 season for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons brings
players from all over the country and world. The freshman class consists
of David Bere (Midland, MI), Trent Brendon (Victorville, CA), Mark Grae
(Staten Island, N.Y.), Brian Mruphy (Thomasville, N.C.), and Michael Murray
(Clearwater, FL.) Justin Kaufmann (Mission Hills, KS) and Richard Phillip
(Ft. Wayne, IN) occupy the sophomore class at Wake Forest. The junior
roster consists of Brett Mauro (Alpharetta, GA) and Raul Munoz (Mexico
City, Mexico.) Lastly, the senior class consists of Michael Berger
(Greensboro, N.C.), Andres Guzman (Guayaquil, Ecuador) and Johan Hansen
In the ACC, six out of the nine teams are ranked in the country.
At No. 3 in the country is Duke University, Virginia ranks No. 20, at No.
29 is Clemson, Wake Forest ranks 41st in the country, at No. 45 is Florida
State and finally at No. 63 is Georgia Tech. The match Sunday against Wake
Forest is Florida State’s first match in the ACC this year. Match time is
scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.