TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 41st ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (11-5, 1-2) host a pair of ACC teams this weekend as they welcome Boston College to the Speicher Tennis Center on Friday at 5:30 pm and Notre Dame on Sunday at 12:30 pm. The Notre Dame match will be played at the same time as the women’s match against Notre Dame.
The Seminoles are 15-0 all-time against Boston College with seven of those wins at home and 14 of them under head coach Dwayne Hultquist. The Eagles are led by Derek Austin on court one. The junior is 7-2 on court one with a 1-1 record against currently ranked singles players.
Notre Dame leads the all-time series against the Garnet in Gold 6-4. Florida State is 2-6 against the Irish in Tallahassee. The last time the two teams met Florida State won 4-3 at Notre Dame. The Noles lost the doubles point before earning wins by Alex Knaff, Jose Gracia, Lucas Poullain and Aziz Dougaz to clinch the match.
Notre Dame is led by their 17th ranked singles player Alex Lebedev. He is 4-6 this spring with a 3-6 record against ranked opponents. He is currently on a five-match losing streak. Lebedev had an impressive fall earning five wins over opponents that are currently ranked in the ITA singles rankings.
LAST TIME OUT
Florida State earned a 6-1 win over Abilene Christian. The win ended a three-match skid and improved the Noles to 11-5 on the year and 10-1 at home. Florida State captured the doubles point for the 10th time this season and earned quick wins from Lucas Poullain and Alex Knaff on court one and two. Sophomore Sebastian Arcila clinched his third match of the spring in his third dual match victory.
NUMBERS TO NOTE
333 – Dwayne Hultquist is the winningest tennis coach in school history with 333 wins, 176 of them over ranked opponents.
57 – Florida State has outscored its opponents 57-27 in their first 16 matches of the season.
51 – Florida State is 51-9 at home since the start of the 2016 season including two wins over the No. 1 team in the nation
48 – The Florida State singles lineup is a combined 48-21 in 16 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
32 – Redshirt senior Lucas Poullain has won 32 of his last 34 dual matches dating back to the start of the 2018 season. He is currently 8-1 in 2019.
20 – Florida State is 20-4 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).
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