CARY, N.C. – The No. 31 Florida State men’s tennis team (17-9, 6-6 ACC) heads into the postseason this week as they begin the 2019 ACC Tournament as the seventh seed. The Seminole begin play on Thursday, April 18th at 11:30 am against Duke (11-13, 4-8 ACC).
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 four of the last five match-ups including two wins a season ago and one last week. Florida State just defeated Duke last Sunday in Durham, 4-3. The match came down to junior Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar on court five who came up with a three-set win. Prior to their meeting a week ago Florida State and Duke last met in last year’s ACC Tournament quarterfinals. The Seminoles won 4-1 with wins from Aziz Dougaz, Lucas Poullain, Jose Gracia and Alex Knaff.
Coach Hultquist is 12-16 against Duke in his 20 years at Florida State. The Noles have beaten Duke five out of eight times on neutral sights during that time with all eight matches played during the ACC Tournament
Shawn Kenney returns to handle play-by-play of the ACC Tennis Championships, with live coverage set from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. on the tournament’s final two days – Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21. Former Northwestern head coach Paul Torricelli with handle the analyst duties for the men’s championship. Melanie Newman is back for her third year as sideline reporter.
Torricelli spent over two decades as head coach at Northwestern, where his teams twice went unbeaten in Big Ten play.
Kenney, a veteran announcer who has covered multiple sports on ESPN platforms, will work the ACC Tennis Championships for the fifth straight year.
|Thursday, April 18th||11:30 a.m.||Duke||Second Round|
|Friday, April 19th||11:30 a.m.||Virginia||Quarterfinal|
|Saturday, April 20th||10:00 a.m.||TBA||Semifinal*|
|Sunday, April 21st||10:00 a.m.||TBA||Championship*|
*Indicates match on ACC Network Extra
FSU Lineup (spring record)
|1||Lucas Poullain (14-3)||Knaff/Arcila (10-5)|
|2||Alex Knaff (12-8)||Poullain/Nahrung (3-6)|
|3||Juan Martin Jalif (3-7)||Wood/Jalif (1-1)|
|4||Enzo Le Seguillon (9-7)||Bhullar/Thongoana (0-0)|
|5||Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar (8-3)|
|6||Richard Thongoana (8-7)|
|7||Sebastian Arcila (8-2)|
|8||Chase Wood (7-7)|
|9||Bryn Nahrung (1-0)|
NUMBERS TO NOTE
339 – Dwayne Hultquist is the winningest tennis coach in school history with 339 wins, 179 of them over ranked opponents.
87 – Florida State has outscored its opponents 87-57 in its first 26 matches of the season.
73 – The Florida State singles lineup is a combined 73-45 in 26 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
41 – The Seminoles have been ranked for in the ITA rankings for 41 straight weeks dating back to February 24, 2017
38 – Redshirt senior Lucas Poullain has won 38 of his last 42 dual matches dating back to the start of the 2018 season. He is currently 14-3 in 2019.
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.
31 – Florida State is 31-9 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. 31. This marks the 41st 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. 40) and two ranked doubles pairs in Aziz Dougaz/Alex Knaff (No. 82) and Alex Knaff/Sebastian Arcila (No. 89).
To keep up with the Seminoles, check Seminoles.com for the latest news and scheduling information, or keep up with the team on social media through Twitter (@FSU_MTennis), Facebook (/FSUMTennis), and Instagram (@FSU_MTennis).