January 20, 2012 - by

Jan. 20, 2012

The Jan. 22 men’s tennis match at noon against Furman has been moved to the Indoor Practice Facility next to the Seminole Golf Course. The address is 2566 Pottsdamer Road. The facility will hold only 100 fans.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 44 Florida State’s men’s tennis team started the 2012 season last weekend with a 3-0 record and look to build off that momentum this weekend at the Seminole Quad at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The Seminoles will join South Alabama, UAB and Furman this weekend.

“The attitude should be we need everybody’s match to count,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “If you’re having a bad day and you can’t hit your backhand or your serve is off, it doesn’t matter. You want to be ready to go and find a way to win each day and compete as hard as we can.”

On Saturday morning at 9 a.m. the Noles will square off against South Alabama as Furman and UAB will play on the back courts. The Seminoles hold an all-time 14-6 record against South Alabama in a series that dates back to 1979. The two squads last met in 2010 with FSU earning the 5-2 win.

At 4 p.m., FSU faces off with UAB as South Alabama and Furman compete on the back courts. Florida State is 5-2 all-time against UAB having last met in 2003 which FSU won 5-0. The two teams first met in 1980.

To close out the weekend, Florida State will square off with Furman (0-1) at noon. The two teams first met in 1962 and have played one another since then with Florida State leading 33-4 all-time. The two teams met last season and the Seminoles came away with the 6-1. This is the first time since 1968 that Florida State will face Furman without Paul Scarpa at the helm. Scarpa played for Florida State from 1960-62 and coached the team in 1964. Scarpa was the head coach at Furman for 45 years until retiring after last season.

“South Alabama has always had a very good team,” said Hultquist. “UAB’s assistant coach Davidson Kozlowski used to play here. I think they’re going to be very competitive. Furman always comes down here and plays well. They often win the Southern Conference and have always been a very competitive match for us. I view them all as being strong opponents and capable of winning their conferences and making the tournament. We’ve got to be ready every day.”

Florida State will continue to use their home court advantage as the team is 53-16 at home since 2007, good for a 77% winning percentage. All matches are played at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center unless weather forces the matches to be played at the Indoor Tennis Facility located next to the Seminole Golf Course. Fans can check the fan weather hotline at (850) 645-GAME.


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