WINSTON SALEM, N.C. – The 29th ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (16-8, 5-5) heads on the road for the final week of the regular season. The Seminoles begin their trip at No. 4 Wake Forest (24-3, 10-0) on Friday at 5 PM before finishing off the regular season at No. 49 Duke (10-12, 4-7) on Sunday at 1 pm.
FSU holds the lead in the all-time series against Wake Forest. The Noles are 22-14 against the Demon Deacons including a 4-3 win in Tallahassee a season ago when FSU upset No. 1 and eventual national champs Wake Forest. Wake Forest is led by four ranked singles players. Third-ranked Petros Chrysochos leads the Deacons from the top of the lineup with a 10-1 record on court one and an 18-2 dual match record. He is 9-3 against nationally ranked opponents.
Duke owns the all-time series lead over Florida State but the Garnet and Gold have had the best of the Blue Devils as of late. Florida State has won three of the last four match-ups including two wins a season ago. The last time the two teams met was in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals when FSU won 4-1. Duke’s leading win getter is Vincent Lin. He is 10-7 on the year with most of his matches coming on court six where he is 7-3.
LAST TIME OUT
Florida State went 2-1 a week ago. The Noles lost 4-1 to No. 5 Virginia on Friday in a match that was closer than the score represents. They bounced back to take down No. 43 Virginia Tech in a thriller, 4-3 on Sunday and followed that up with an easy 4-0 win over FAMU.
NUMBERS TO NOTE
338 – Dwayne Hultquist is the winningest tennis coach in school history with 338 wins, 178 of them over ranked opponents.
83 – Florida State has outscored its opponents 83-50 in its first 24 matches of the season.
69 – The Florida State singles lineup is a combined 69-40 in 24 matches this season.
55 – Florida State is 55-10 at home since the start of the 2016 season including two wins over the No. 1 team in the nation
40 – The Seminoles have been ranked for in the ITA rankings for 40 straight weeks dating back to February 24, 2017
37 – The Seminoles enter the season with 37 years of coaching experience on the sideline. (Hultquist – 19 (Head Coach), 8 (Assistant Coach); DeHeart – 6; Cambier – 4.
37 – Redshirt senior Lucas Poullain has won 37 of his last 41 dual matches dating back to the start of the 2018 season. He is currently 13-3 in 2019.
29 – Florida State is 29-9 on courts one and two with just four losses on court one and five losses on court two.
16 – The Seminoles have been to 16 consecutive NCAA Tournaments (11th longest streak in the nation).
NOLES IN THE POLLS
In the latest Oracle/ITA poll, Florida State comes in at No. 29. This marks the 40th straight week that the Noles have been ranked in the ITA Poll dating back to February 24, 2017.
The Seminoles have one ranked singles players in redshirt senior Lucas Poullain (No. 41) and one ranked doubles pair in Aziz Dougaz/Alex Knaff (No. 70).
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