October 19, 2016 - by
Men to Host ITA Southeast Regional Championships

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s tennis team will host 15 other schools from around the southeast Thursday Oct. 20 through Monday Oct. 24 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center for the 2016 ITA Southeast Regional Championships presented by Oracle. Participating schools include Florida, Georgia, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State, UCF, USF, North Florida, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Stetson, Mercer, and Miami as well as the hosting Seminoles.

“This is a good opportunity for our guys to get good experience playing at home,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “I think our region is one of the top two in the country in terms of overall strength with five teams appearing in the top 25 last season.”

The winners of the singles and doubles draws will qualify for the 2016 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.

The USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, considered the second leg of the collegiate Grand Slam, will be held Nov. 3-6 in Flushing Meadows, NY.

Last season, then-senior Benjamin Lock won the qualifying round at the National Indoor Championships.

Tomorrow, freshman Rana Roop Singh Bhullar will face Florida Atlantic’s Stefan Burnett in the first round of qualifying play. He is the only Seminole in the qualifying bracket.

On Friday in the singles main draw, No. 119th- ranked sophomore Aziz Dougaz will face Georgia Tech’s Michael Kay. Junior Terrance Whitehurst will play UNF’s Jefta Kecic, while junior Guy Iradukunda will battle Miami’s Christian Langmo.

Continuing on Friday, redshirt junior Lucas Poullain will go against Stetson’s Graham Ball, while freshman Alex Knaff will face Joseph Guillin of Florida.

Qualifying singles play will begin Thursday at 9:00 a.m, followed by a second round beginning at 1:00 p.m. The singles main draw will begin Friday at 8:30 a.m., with the doubles draw following. Play will continue until the finals on Monday Oct. 24 starting at 9:00 a.m.

A consolation singles bracket will take place at the Indoor Tennis Facility, with one round on Friday at 9:00 a.m. and two more rounds on Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The event is free of charge.

For results in real-time throughout the weekend, visit:  http://www.seminoles.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=32900&ATCLID=211238292

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