TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Florida State men’s tennis team kicks off its 2017 fall season on Friday as four Noles will be competing in the third annual Crimson Tide Four-In-The-Fall event. The field is comprised of Florida State, Alabama, Illinois, Memphis, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Rice and Tulane (Illinois and Mississippi State are bringing 2 players/team).
“I am excited to get thing started,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “We started a little latter than some other schools, but there are a lot of name schools at the Alabama tournament including Oklahoma, where our former assistant coach Nick Crowell is now coaching, Illinois and Alabama, where associate coach Ryler DeHeart came from. There are a lot of good teams and will be a lot of good competition. I am excited to see how the guys are going to play.”
The tournament is scheduled to begin on Friday starting with one round of doubles at 10 a.m. ET followed by singles play beginning no earlier than 11 a.m. ET. Saturday will begin at 10 a.m. ET with two rounds of doubles followed by one round of singles. Sunday will have one round of singles at 10 a.m. ET. Each player will get the chance to play in four singles matches and three doubles matches as they are separated into two 16-player singles draws as well as two eight-team doubles draws.
Representing the garnet and gold will be redshirt senior Jose Gracia, seniors Terrance Whitehurst and Terrell Whitehurst along with freshman Chase Wood.
“This is Chase Wood’s first college tennis experience,” said Hultquist. “He played well this summer, but it is good to see how he does against college competition. To see Terrance and Terrell (Whitehurst) together again will be good as well after they have come off some injuries.”
Gracia will take on Daniel Rayl of Notre Dame, Terrell Whitehurst takes on Kai Lemke of Memphis, Wood squares off against Eric Rutledge of Rice and Terrance Whitehurst will face Vuk Budic of Illinois in the first round of singles.
Gracia and Wood are teaming up for the first time in doubles in this event. They are set up to play the duo of Grant Stuckey from Alabama and Chase Schupp of Tulane in the first round of the Houndstooth doubles draw. The Whitehurst brothers look to add to their 37 doubles wins as a pair as they take on Jochen Bertsch and Jake van Emburgh from Oklahoma the Crimson draw.
The Seminoles begin the 2017-18 season looking to reach the NCAA postseason for the 16th consecutive season. Florida State returns eight of nine players from last season’s team that went 18-12, including everyone from last spring’s regular rotation.
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