TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 41st ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (10-5, 1-2) is back home after being on the road the last two weeks. They host Abilene Christian (13-3) this Wednesday, March 13th at 5:30 pm.
The Noles and Wildcats have never met in tennis and have only met three times in any sport. The two teams played each other in football three times in the 1950s.
Abilene Christian is led by Josh Sheehy. Sheehy is 11-3 this spring with a 10-3 record on court one. He is 2-2 against ranked opponents. Josh’s younger brother Jonathan Sheehy has played most of his season on court two. He is 9-5 in dual matches and 1-1 against ranked opponents.
LAST TIME OUT
Florida State lost to Miami 4-0 at the USTA National Campus. The match was a part of the Collegiate Series. Florida State lost the doubles point and five first sets. They forced two third sets and were heading to a third on court one before Miami clinched the match.
NUMBERS TO NOTE
332 – Dwayne Hultquist is the winningest tennis coach in school history with 332 wins, 176 of them over ranked opponents.
51 – Florida State has outscored its opponents 51-26 in their first 15 matches of the season.
50 – Florida State is 50-9 at home since the start of the 2016 season including two wins over the No. 1 team in the nation
42 – The Florida State singles lineup is a combined 42-20 in 15 matches this season.
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.
36 – The Seminoles have been ranked for in the ITA rankings for 36 straight weeks dating back to February 24, 2017
31 – Redshirt senior Lucas Poullain has won 31 of his last 33 dual matches dating back to the start of the 2018 season. He is currently 7-1 in 2019.
18 – Florida State is 18-4 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. 41. This marks the 36th 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. 99) and one ranked doubles pair in Aziz Dougaz/Alex Knaff (No. 63).
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).