TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s (9-1) and women’s (2-2) tennis team head down to Orlando to take on Florida in the Fresh from Florida Sunshine Showdown and College MatchDay event hosted at the USTA National Center. The match will be broadcasted live on the Tennis Channel and https://tennischanneleverywhere.com. This match will be the first live college tennis match that the Tennis Channel has ever aired.
“This is going to be a very unique experience,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “How many college matches do you have between 2,000 and 2,500 people. We will also be a part of the first college match on the tennis channel. I think this is great and I love what the USTA is doing down in Lake Nona promoting college tennis. It is a great venue and something we look forward to.”
“It is a huge honor and opportunity for us to be a part of this historic tennis event down at the USTA National Campus,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “It is going to be unlike any other match that we have experienced or ever will experience. We are thankful to the USTA for all the hours that are going into making this an elite event for all of our student-athletes. This is why you play big time division one tennis and come to a school like Florida State. You get to be in these types of situations and have this type of exposure. We are highly prepared and we are ready to get going.”
For the men, this will be the second consecutive year that they have taken on the Gators in Orlando as a part of the USTA’s College MatchDay series. Last year the Seminoles came out on top as they upset the No. 15 ranked Florida Gators 4-2 in front of the largest regular-season tennis crowd of 2017, and the fifth largest crowd to ever watch a college men’s tennis match (1,756 people).
The women head into the match last taking on Florida in 2016 when they lost to the No. 3 Gators 6-1.
The men’s and women’s teams are both coming off of losses in the finals of ITA Kickoff weekend and are looking to get back on track before they both come home to compete in a doubleheader on February 10th. This will be the first time the women have competed at home this spring.
Florida State kicks off 2018 College MatchDay slate this Saturday, February 3rd, at 7 p.m., when they take on the Florida men’s and women’s teams in simultaneous matches at the USTA National Campus’ 1,200-seat stadium, the only off-campus facility in the country built specifically for collegiate tennis.
Admission to the event
Gates Open at 5 p.m. with the first serve at 7 p.m. Admission is free, however, tickets are no longer available online. For those still looking to attend the match, a limited number of walk-up tickets will be available starting at 5 pm on Saturday on a first-come, first-serve basis at the USTA National Campus.
Parking is free and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There will be valet parking for $5
Noles in the Polls
In the latest Oracle/ITA poll and USTA Top-25, the Florida State men come in at No. 22. This marks the 14th straight week that the Noles have been ranked in the ITA Poll dating back to February 27, 2017.
The men also have three ranked singles players and one ranked doubles pair. Senior Iradukunda leads off the pack coming in at No. 22. Not too far behind is redshirt senior Lucas Poullain at No. 24 and sophomore Alex Knaff rounds out the trio at No. 59. The duo of redshirt seniors Jose Gracia and Lucas Poullain come in at No. 8 in doubles.
The Seminole women have one ranked singles player in the latest Oracle/ITA Women’s National Singles Rankings. Sophomore Nandini Das comes in at No. 116
To keep up with the Seminoles, check Seminoles.com for the latest news and scheduling information, or keep up with the team on social media through Twitter (@FSU_MTennis & @FSU_WTennis), Facebook (/FSUMTennis & / FSU.WTennis), and Instagram (@FSU_MTennis & @ fsuwtennis).