TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s tennis team released its 2019 schedule on Thursday. The schedule features 15 home matches and 15 opponents who made the 2018 NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles open their season with a doubleheader against Georgia Southern and Mercer on January 10, 2019.
“Every year we play a challenging schedule, this year is no different,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “We play in the top conference in the country in the ACC, having the national champion coming from the conference the last four years. There are a lot of good teams in the conference and outside of that we have a match with Oklahoma, a match with Florida on the Tennis Channel for the USTA’s College MatchDay event and we will be hosting the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. We always try to play a lot of home matches in our non-conference schedule. It will be a very competitive schedule, this year we will be doing something new, hosting the Kick-Off Weekend, in the last weekend of January. We will be hosting Texas Tech, Tulane and Tennessee. It is a great opportunity for us to play against nationally ranked teams on our home courts with an opportunity to go to Chicago for National Indoors.”
The schedule includes 12 matches against ACC opponents with home matches against Clemson, Boston College, Notre Dame, Virginia and Virginia Tech. The Garnet and Gold will take on Georgia Tech, Louisville, NC State, North Carolina, Wake Forest and Duke on the road with a neutral match against Miami.
Florida State enters the season after coming off arguably the best season in program history. The Seminoles made their 16th straight NCAA Tournament and hosted their first regional since 2009 after finishing the regular season 26-3. The Seminoles made it to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament and finished off their season in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Out of conference, the Seminoles take on a deep pool of talent including Oklahoma as they head to Norman to take on the Sooners. The Noles will also take on Florida for the third straight year at the USTA National Campus. The last two matches between these two in-state rivals were the highest attended college tennis matches of the season, with the 2018 match broadcasted live on the Tennis Channel. After that, Florida State heads back home to take on another SEC foe in Auburn on February 8.
FSU will also be hosting the ITA Kick-off Weekend (Jan. 26-27) as they welcome Tennessee, Tulane and Texas Tech into town with a chance of advancing to the National Indoor Championship in February.
Florida State’s final home weekend is April 5-7 as they host Virginia and a Sunday doubleheader against Virginia Tech and Florida A&M. They finish the season on the road at Wake Forest (Apr. 12) and Duke (Apr. 14).
The ACC Tournament begins April 17 and runs through April 21 and will be hosted in Cary, N.C.
The NCAA Tournament format has changed for tennis in 2019 and will consist of a Regional (May 3-6) and a Super Regional (May 10-13) before the final eight teams meet at the NCAA Final Site (May 16-25).
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
|January 10||Georgia Southern/Mercer||12 p.m./5 p.m.|
|January 12-13||Florida State Spring Invitational||All Day|
|January 18||South Alabama||TBD|
|January 20||Cal (@USTA National Campus, Lake Nona)||11 a.m.|
|January 26-27||ITA Kick-Off Weekend (Tallahassee)||11 a.m.|
|February 2||Florida (@USTA National Campus, Lake Nona)||6 p.m.|
|February 8||Auburn||5:30 p.m.|
|February 15-18||National Indoors (Chicago, Illinois)||All Day|
|February 22||Clemson||5:30 p.m.|
|March 1||at Georgia Tech||TBD|
|March 3||at Oklahoma||TBD|
|March 10||Miami (@USTA National Campus, Lake Nona)||TBD|
|March 15||Boston College||5:30 p.m.|
|March 17||Notre Dame||1:00 p.m.|
|March 22||at Louisville||TBD|
|March 29||at NC State||TBD|
|March 31||at North Carolina||TBD|
|April 5||Virginia||5:30 p.m.|
|April 7||Virginia Tech/FAMU||1 p.m./6 p.m.|
|April 12||at Wake Forest||TBD|
|April 14||at Duke||TBD|
|April 17-21||ACC Championships (Cary, N.C.)||All Day|
|May 3-6||NCAA Super Regional||All Day|
|May 10-13||Super Regional||All Day|
|May 16-25||NCAA Final Site (USTA National Campus)||All Day|