April 26, 2018 - by
No. 11 Men’s Tennis Heads to North Carolina For ACC Tennis Championship

CARY, N.C. – The No. 11 Florida State men’s tennis team (26-3, 10-2 ACC) heads into the postseason coming off their best regular seasons in school history. They will begin play in the ACC Tournament Friday, April 27th at 5 p.m. against No. 29 Duke.

The Seminoles have recorded their most wins in a regular season in school history. The Garnet and Gold have also accumulated the most ACC wins in a season school history with a 10-2 record in the conference.

The Seminoles have outscored their ACC opponents by a combined score of 50-25 and have recorded two shutout wins (4-0 vs. Miami and 4-0 vs. NC State). Florida State heads into the ACC Tournament winner of eight of their last 10 matches.

Quarterfinal Match:

The Seminoles trail in the all-time series against Duke 13-30. Duke has won nine of the last 11 meetings after Florida State captured the previous six matches. Florida State defeated the Blue Devils in the final match of the regular season at home 4-1. Coach Hultquist is 9-16 against Duke in his 18 years at Florida State.

Duke is led by No. 17 Nicolas Alvarez on court one. He is 9-4 on that court with a 14-6 overall record and has a 5-4 record against ACC foes. No. 104 Catalin Mateas leads the Blue Devils on court two. He is 4-7 on that court with a 6-10 record this spring. Mateas is 4-6 in the ACC and 1-8 against ranked opponents. No. 116 Nick Stachowiak rounds out the top three courts for Duke with a 7-4 record on court three. He is 14-8 in dual matches this season with a 3-1 record against ranked opponents and a 6-5 record in the ACC.

Florida State is 3-6 all-time against Duke in the ACC tournament. Under head coach Dwayne Hultquist the Seminoles are 3-3 against the Blue Devil in the postseason.

Broadcast Information:
Saturday and Sunday’s semifinals and finals matches will be streamed live on the ACC Network Extra. Shawn Kenney will be doing play-by-play with former Duke Tennis Star Prim Siripipat doing the Analysis. The pair will be joined by Melanie Newman on the sideline.

Match Schedule:
Friday, April 27th       5:00 p.m.      Duke (Quarterfinal)
Saturday, April 28th   2:00 p.m.      Semifinal*
Sunday, April 29th     2:00 p.m.      Championship*

*Indicates match on ACC Network Extra

FSU Lineup (spring record)

Singles                                                           Doubles
1 – Aziz Dougaz (17-5)                           1 – Iradukunda/Knaff (3-2)
2 – Guy Iradukunda (16-6)
3 – Lucas Poullain (21-1)                        2 – Dougaz/Poullain (2-1)
4 – Jose Gracia (11-4)
5 – Alex Knaff (11-2)                              3 – Gracia/Terrance Whitehurst (2-0)
6 – Chase Wood (13-3)
7 – Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar (10-2)         4 – Terrell Whitehurst/Bhullar (0-0)
8 – Terrell Whitehurst (5-0)
9 – Terrance Whitehurst (1-1)
10 – Sebastian Arcila (5-0)

Noles in the Polls
In the latest Oracle/ITA poll, Florida State comes in at No. 11. This marks the 25th straight week that the Noles have been ranked in the ITA Poll dating back to February 27, 2017. The Seminoles are also ranked No. 11 in the USTA poll.

The Seminoles have three ranked singles players and two doubles pairs. Junior Aziz Dougaz leads off the pack coming in at No. 34, senior Guy Iradukunda comes in at No. 41 and redshirt senior Lucas Poullain comes in at No. 43. The duo of Jose Gracia and Lucas Poullain come in at No. 51. They are followed up by Guy Iradukunda and Alex Knaff at No. 62 and Gracia and Knaff at No. 85.

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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