TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 29 Florida State men’s tennis team (12-4, 2-1 ACC) travels to Lousiville, Ky. to take on the No. 34 Louisville Cardinals (11-3, 2-1 ACC) on Friday at 4:30p.m. at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. The Seminoles will return home to take on the No. 47 UCF Knights (10-5) on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
The 29th-ranked Seminoles are currently riding a three-match win streak over rivals Florida, Clemson and Miami, following a 6-1 defeat of the Tigers and a 7-0 shutout of the Hurricanes last weekend.
“Louisville is very tough to play up there,” Florida State head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “We beat them up there 4-3 two years ago, so it’s going to be a tough match. They’re having a good year. I look for that match as a tough one and one that we’ve got to be ready to go.”
So far in conference play, the Cardinals hold a 2-1 record, the same as Florida State, most recently defeating Notre Dame at home 4-3.
The nationally-ranked Seminoles hold a 3-0 all-time record against the Cardinals. The two teams only played once prior to UL’s admission to the Atlantic Coast Conference, a 7-1 Florida State victory back in 1987.
Following the match at Louisville, the Seminoles return home to take on UCF on Sunday. The Knights are coached by John Roddick, the elder brother of Andy Roddick and former head coach at Oklahoma. Roddick served as assistant coach at Florida State from 1999-2000.
A win over UCF would give the Seminoles a 5-0 regular season record against teams from Florida for the first time since 2007. Florida State is 10-0 all-time against the Knights.
Noles in the Polls
In the match with Miami, Aziz Dougaz defeated No. 67 Piotr Lomacki in straight sets and as a result ascended to a career-high ITA singles ranking of 52 in the nation. He and junior Guy Iradukunda check in at 71 in the doubles rankings with a 10-0 record, while Iradukunda ranks No. 125 in singles.
As a team, the Seminoles dropped one spot from last week’s ITA ranking of No. 28, and continue to receive votes in the USTA top 25 poll.
The Seminoles are lead in wins by redshirt junior Lucas Poullain, who remains unranked but holds an 11-3 record on court three. Poullain pairs with redshirt junior Jose Gracia for a 9-4 record in doubles playing on court two.
Freshman Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar played on court five for the first time in his career against Miami, earning a 7-5, 6-3 victory. He continues to lead the Seminoles in winning percentage with a 10-1 record.
Both the men’s match and the women’s match at 1:00 p.m. at Louisville are featured as the USTA/ACC Match of the Week and will be aired on ACC Network Extra.
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