RALEIGH, NC. – The 26th ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (14-5, 4-2) stays on the road this week as they head to Raleigh and Chapel Hill to take on the Wolfpack and Tar Heels. Florida State starts the weekend at No. 23 NC State (13-7, 4-2) on Friday, March 29th at 5 pm before they travel down the road to take on No. 11 North Carolina (12-3, 4-1) on Sunday, March 31st at 1 pm.
The Seminoles are 26-3 all-time against the Wolfpack, including winning the last six matches. FSU is 18-2 against NC State under head coach Dwayne Hultquist. NC State is led by 18th ranked Alexis Galarneau. Galarneau is 13-4 with all of his matches played on court one. He is 6-3 against ranked opponents including two wins over opponents ranked in the top-15. Galarneau teams up with Michael Odgen to form the nation’s 57th ranked doubles pair. The duo is 7-2 with a 2-2 record against ranked opponents.
North Carolina leads the all-time series with Florida State 34-12. North Carolina is led by their four ranked singles player. No. 26 William Blumberg leads UNC on court one with a 5-3 record and a 3-2 record against ranked opponents. No. 37 Benjamin Sigouin is 8-3 on the year with a 2-0 record on court one and a 6-3 record on court two. He is 2-2 against ranked opponents. No. 109 Joshua Peck and No. 110 Brian Cernoch round out the top of the Tar Heel lineup. Peck is 6-4 and Cernoch is 8-4.
LAST TIME OUT
Florida State earned their first true road win of the season at Louisville. The Seminoles jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after taking the doubles point. They quickly turned that into a 3-0 lead after Lucas Poullain’s 11th win of the season on court one and a straight-set win by Sebastian Arcila on court six. Louisville came back to tie the match up at three but junior Alex Knaff came back from losing the first set to clinch the match for the Noles.
NUMBERS TO NOTE
336 – Dwayne Hultquist is the winningest tennis coach in school history with 336 wins, 177 of them over ranked opponents.
66 – Florida State has outscored its opponents 66-33 in its first 19 matches of the season.
60 – The Florida State singles lineup is a combined 60-26 in 19 matches this season.
53 – Florida State is 53-9 at home since the start of the 2016 season including two wins over the No. 1 team in the nation
38 – The Seminoles have been ranked in the ITA rankings for 38 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.
35 – Redshirt senior Lucas Poullain has won 35 of his last 37 dual matches dating back to the start of the 2018 season. He is currently 11-1 in 2019.
26 – Florida State is 26-4 on courts one and two with just two losses on each court
16 – The Seminoles have been to 16 consecutive NCAA Tournaments (11th longest streak in the nation).
6 – Aziz Dougaz earned his sixth pro doubles title at the beginning of January.
NOLES IN THE POLLS
In the latest Oracle/ITA poll, Florida State comes in at No. 26. This marks the 38th 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. 84) and one ranked doubles pair in Aziz Dougaz/Alex Knaff (No. 60).
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