February 7, 2019 - by
Men’s Tennis is Back Home to Take on Auburn

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 18/22 ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (8-2) is back home at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center to take on Auburn (9-3) this Friday at 5:30 pm. The match will be the first of two for the Seminoles broadcast on the ACC Network Extra.

The Seminoles are 15-10 all-time against Auburn including a 4-1 win when they last met in 2009. FSU is 2-1 against the Tigers under head coach Dwayne Hultquist and has won two straight. Florida State is 7-1 at home and has won 48 of their last 57 home matches dating back to the start of the 2016 season.

LAST TIME OUT
Florida State lost to Florida 4-1 for their first loss to the Gators in three years. It also marked the first time Florida State had lost at the USTA National Campus in five tries. The match, broadcasted on the Tennis Channel, had 1,240 people in attendance.

 

Florida jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Junior Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar got the Seminoles on the board. Florida capped off the match with a win on court two. The Match ended with redshirt senior Lucas Poullain up a set and tied 3-3 on court one and sophomore Chase Wood down a set and tied 5-5 on court six.

NUMBERS TO NOTE
330 – Dwayne Hultquist is the winningest tennis coach in school history with 330 wins, 176 of them over ranked opponents.
48 – The Seminoles are 48-9 at home since the start of the 2016 season including two wins of the No. 1 team in the nation
39 – Florida State has outscored its opponents 39-14 in their first 10 matches of the 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.
32 – The Florida State singles lineup is a combined 32-11 in 10 matches this season.
32 – The Seminoles have been ranked for in the ITA rankings for 32 straight weeks dating back to February 24, 2017
29 – Redshirt senior Lucas Poullain has won 29 of his last 30 dual matches dating back to the start of the 2018 season. He is currently 5-0 in 2019.
16 – The Seminoles have been to 16 consecutive NCAA Tournaments (11th longest streak in the nation).
14 – Florida State is 14-2 on courts one and two with just one loss on each court
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. 22. This marks the 32nd straight week that the Noles have been ranked in the ITA Poll dating back to February 24, 2017. In the USTA Poll, the Seminoles moved up one spot to No. 18.

The Seminoles have one ranked singles players in redshirt senior Lucas Poullain (No. 59) and two ranked doubles pairs in Aziz Dougaz/Alex Knaff (No. 44) and Richard Thongoana/Chase Wood (No. 56).

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).

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