TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 31st ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (14-7, 4-4) is home for the final time this season as they host No. 5 Virginia (15-3, 6-2), No. 43 Virginia Tech (15-5, 5-3) and Florida A&M. Florida State first hosts Virginia on Friday, April 5th at 5:30 PM. The Noles host a doubleheader on Sunday, April 7th; the first match against Virginia Tech is at 1 PM and is the senior day match in which FSU recognizes their one senior Lucas Poullain. The match is also on the ACC Network Extra. Sunday is capped off with a match against FAMU at 6 PM.
Florida State currently trails in the all-time series to Virginia 14-27. When the two teams met a season ago Florida State won 5-2 in Virginia. Under head coach Dwayne Hultquist Florida State has five wins over teams ranked in the top-5 at home, two of those wins coming against teams ranked No. 1 in the country. Virginia is led by four players ranked in the top-25. Their No. 1 singles player Carl Soderlund comes in ranked 10th in the nation this week. He is 14-3 on the year with an 8-3 record on court one and a 6-0 record on court two.
The Seminoles lead the series against Virginia Tech 10-8. When the two teams met in Blacksburg last season VT came away with a 4-3 win. Virginia Tech has two ranked singles players and two ranked doubles pairs. No. 66 Jason Cross has lead the Hokies all season at the No. 1 position. He is 10-7 in the spring with a 1-4 record against ranked opponents.
FSU finishes off the weekend against their cross-town foe Florida A&M. The Seminoles are 13-0 against the Rattlers with the last nine meetings resulting in shutout wins.
LAST TIME OUT
Florida State went 0-2 last weekend losing 4-1 to No. 23 NC State and 6-1 to No. 11 North Carolina.
NUMBERS TO NOTE
336 – Dwayne Hultquist is the winningest tennis coach in school history with 336 wins, 177 of them over ranked opponents.
74 – Florida State has outscored its opponents 74-43 in its first 21 matches of the season.
62 – The Florida State singles lineup is a combined 62-34 in 21 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
39 – The Seminoles have been ranked for in the ITA rankings for 39 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.
36 – Redshirt senior Lucas Poullain has won 36 of his last 39 dual matches dating back to the start of the 2018 season. He is currently 12-2 in 2019.
27 – Florida State is 27-6 on courts one and two with just three losses on each court
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 39th 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. 39) and one ranked doubles pair in Aziz Dougaz/Alex Knaff (No. 70).
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