TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Two talented tennis players in Sebastian Arcila (Fernandina Beach, Fla) and Jorge Martinez Martinez (Eiche, Spain/Tyler JC) have inked their National Letters of Intent to play for the Florida State men’s tennis team. Arcila will begin play this spring and Martinez will join the Seminoles for the 2018-19 season.
Arcila, originally from Puerto Rico, attends the Ogburn School in Fernandina Beach, Fla. During his time playing as a junior Arcila earned a career-high ranking of No. 102 in the world in 2016. Due to his success in the Junior ranks, Arcila has earned a Blue Chip ranking from tennisrecruiting.net. Arcila ranks as the No. 13 recruit in the country and currently ranked No. 254 in the tennis RPI. Arcila played at the No. 1 position for his home country of Puerto Rico in the Davis Cup.
“Sebastian is going to be a great addition to our team,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “He has an all-around game and reminds me a lot of Jean-Yves Aubone, who played here. He has an all-court game and can play doubles really well. We were fortunate enough to get him after he had committed to another school. I think he is going to be a really strong player and a good addition to our team.”
“Sebastian’s work ethic is second to none and he is very coachable,” said his coach Matt Baughn. “He can hit any shot needed and has a very good all-around game. He is a great person. He is very confident, but humble and is willing to help other people. Sebastian is a very authentic person and wants to get better in all aspect.”
“I chose Florida State because of the amazing coaches,” said Arcila. “Dwayne and Ryler are great coaches and know so much about the game of tennis. I also loved the team chemistry and culture between them right from the beginning. Florida State is also a great academic school, which really helped as well.”
Martinez attends Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas where he was ranked No. 1 JUCO player in 2016. Martinez won the ITA Oracle Cup for the JUCO level and came in second place in the fall Super Bowl in 2016. He split time at the No. 1 and No. 2 position during the 2016-17 season and looks to do the same this season. Martinez is projected to be the No. 2 Junior College singles player in 2018.
“Jorge is the top junior college player coming out this year,” said Hultquist. “He reminds me of some of the other guys that we have had including Guy Iradukunda who came from junior college. He is very fast and a smart player and great competitor. He brings a lot of energy to the court.”
“He competes harder than anyone on the team and one of the best competitors at the Junior College level,” said Tyler JC head coach Dash Connell. “He is a good leader and I am excited to see what he can do at Florida State.”
“I chose Florida State because it reminds me a lot like home,” said Martinez who grew up in Spain. “It doesn’t get too cold and the beaches are close by. I also really liked the team when I came on my visit and it is a great university.”
“Having the study center in Valencia, Spain helped a lot too because I know if I want I can go back home to Spain to take classes.”
Florida State men’s tennis begins its spring season on Jan. 6, 2018, against Hawaii in Honolulu, Hi.
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