TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 22nd ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (8-1) heads to their home away from home, Lake Nona and the USTA National Campus, to take on No. 4 Florida (2-0) as a part of the USTA’s College MatchDay series Saturday, February 2nd at 6 pm. The match will be broadcast live on the Tennis Channel and https://tennischanneleverywhere.com/watchnow in front of a sold-out crowd.
Florida State is 4-0 all-time in Lake Nona including two straight wins over the Gators. The 2018 match was the first ever college tennis match to be broadcast on the Tennis Channel and was the third most attended regular season college tennis match in history (1,917 people). In 2017 the match attendance was 1,756 people, good for the sixth highest attended regular season college tennis match.
Florida State is 22-57 all-time against the Gators, but are currently on a two-match win streak. The Noles are 2-1 against Florida in a neutral venue and 2-0 at the USTA National Campus. The Gators bring in four ranked singles players and three different ranked doubles pairs in the top-15.
LAST TIME OUT
Florida State went 1-1 last week as they hosted the ITA Kick-Off Weekend for the first time since 2009.
The Seminoles took down Texas Tech 4-1 in the first match. They won the doubles point after losing it in the previous two matches and jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Florida State finished off the Red Raiders with a 6-1 third set win by freshman Richard Thongoana.
Against Tulane, the Garnet and Gold once again took the doubles point and a 2-0 lead after redshirt senior Lucas Poullain won his fifth straight match of 2019 and earned his 29th dual win in his last 30 matches dating back to the beginning of the 2018 season. Tulane came back to take a 3-2 win and won the match after senior Aziz Dougaz could not continue due to an ankle injury.
NUMBERS TO NOTE
330 – Dwayne Hultquist is the winningest tennis coach in school history with 330 wins, 176 of them over ranked opponents.
38 – Florida State has outscored their opponents 38-10 in their first seven matches of the season.
37 – The Seminoles enter the season with 37 years of coaching experience on the sideline. (Hultquist – 19 (Head Coach), 8 (Assistant Coach); DeHeart – 6; Cambier – 4.
31 – The Florida State singles lineup is a combined 31-8 in seven matches this season.
31 – The Seminoles have been ranked for in the ITA rankings for 31 straight weeks dating back to February 4, 2017
29 – Redshirt senior Lucas Poullain has won 29 of his last 30 dual matches dating back to the start of the 2018 season. He is currently 5-0 in 2019.
16 – The Seminoles have been to 16 consecutive NCAA Tournaments (11th longest streak in the nation).
14 – Florida State is 14-1 on courts one and two with a perfect 8-0 record on court two
6 – Aziz Dougaz earned his sixth pro doubles title at the beginning of January.
2 – Florida State is 2-0 all-time against the Gators in Lake Nona, beating them 4-2 in 2017 and 4-3 in 2018.
NOLES IN THE POLLS
In the latest Oracle/ITA poll, Florida State comes in at No. 22. This marks the 31st straight week that the Noles have been ranked in the ITA Poll dating back to February 27, 2017.
The Seminoles have one ranked singles players in junior Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar, who comes into the season ranked 84th in the nation.
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