October 18, 2018 - by
Nahrung Kicks Things Off in The ITA Southeast Regional Qualifying Draw

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State men’s tennis team heads to Athens, Ga. to compete in the 2018 ITA Southeast Regional (Oct 19-23). The Noles will be one of 16 teams competing in a field comprised of nine teams that finished 2018 ranked in the Top-75.

The Garnet and Gold will be competing alongside Georgia Tech, Florida, USF, UCF, Georgia State, Georgia Southern, UNF, FAU, Miami, Kennesaw State, FGCU, FAMU, Stetson, Mercer and host school Georgia.

“This weekend has been a good opportunity in the past,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “We have had some big breakthroughs with Guy Iradakunda winning the regional a few years ago, Benjamin Lock and Marco Nunez came through and established themselves as one of the better doubles teams in the country by winning regionals and going back even further Clint Bowles has won regionals. It has been a good tournament for us to break through and show where we stand in the region.”

“Last year Alex Knaff had a big tournament and that qualified him for Fall Nationals. We are looking forward to this weekend with a lot of great teams. I think our region is one of the best in the country and we have a lot of top players. It should be a great experience for us.”

Six of the seven Seminoles competing qualified for the main draw beginning on Saturday. Freshman Bryn Nahrung will begin competition on Friday at 9 a.m. He will need to win three qualifying singles matches to advance to the main draw.

The main draw will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday with one round of singles and two rounds of doubles. Play will continue until the championship matches that take place on Tuesday.

The two regional finalists will earn an automatic bid into the Oracle/ITA National Fall Championships in Surprise, Ariz.

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).

Friday, Oct. 19
9:00 a.m. Qualifying Singles Round 1
NB 1 p.m. Qualifying Singles Round 2

Saturday, Oct. 20
8:30 a.m. Qualifying Singles Round 3
Main Draw Singles Round 1
Qualifying singles consolation (one round only) – Indoor Courts
followed by Main Draw Doubles Round 1
followed by Main Draw Doubles Round 2

Sunday, Oct. 21
8:00 a.m. Singles Consolation Round 1
9:30 a.m. Main Draw Singles Round 2
followed by Singles Consolation Round 2
followed by Main Draw Singles Round 3
followed by Main Draw Doubles Round 3

Monday, Oct. 22
10 a.m. Main Draw Singles Quarterfinals
Singles Consolation Quarterfinals
followed by Main Draw Singles Semifinals
Singles Consolation Semifinals
followed by Main Draw Doubles Quarterfinals

Tuesday, Oct. 23
9 a.m. Main Draw Singles Final
Singles Consolation Final
ASAP Main Draw Doubles Semifinals
followed by Main Draw

Tournament Format Notes…
– No-ad scoring in both singles and doubles
– In doubles competition, matches prior to the semifinals will consist of an 8-game pro set (tiebreaker at 7-all), with the semifinals and finals doubles matches consisting of two out of three sets to 6, with a match tiebreak in lieu of the third set.

Competing Schools (2018 Final Ranking)
Central Florida (44)
Florida (10)
Florida Atlantic (61)
Florida A&M (NR)
Florida Gulf Coast (NR)
Florida State (13)
Georgia (20)
Georgia Southern (NR)
Georgia State (63)
Georgia Tech (68)
Kennesaw State (NR)
Mercer (NR)
Miami (42)
North Florida (NR)
South Florida (62)
Stetson (NR)

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