TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 13 ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (23-2, 7-1 ACC) head on the road for the final time this regular season as they take on Boston College (7-10, 0-8 ACC) at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 12th and No. 28 Notre Dame (13-11, 4-4 ACC) at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 15th.
The Seminoles are 14-0 all-time against Boston College and 13-0 against the Eagles under head coach Dwayne Hultquist. FSU has outscored them 79-9 in those 13 meetings including six shutout wins for the Noles. Boston College is 7-10 on the season and is still winless in conference play.
Notre Dame leads the all-time series against Florida State 5-10 and has won nine of 12 while Hultquist has been the head coach. The Fighting Irish are led by 36th ranked junior Alex Lebedev. He is 7-9 this spring with all of his matches on court one. Lebedev has gone 8-10 against ranked opponents during the 2017-18 season including three wins against players in the top-50.
Last Time Out
Florida State suffered their second loss of the season last week to Virginia Tech in a tough 4-3 loss in Blacksburg, Va. The Seminoles bounced back to take their Sunday match against Virginia in a big 5-2 win. It was the Seminoles first win over the Cavaliers in 19 tries and their first win in Charlottesville since 2002.
Numbers to Note
.920 The Seminoles have the highest winning percentage in the ACC and are one of two teams in the ACC to only have two losses this season.
1 The ranking of Wake Forest when Florida State defeated them 4-3. It was the second win over a No. 1 ranked team in program history and second in three years (No. 1 North Carolina in 2016)
7 The Seminoles have recorded seven wins vs. ranked opponents in 2018. They defeated No. 24 Texas Tech in Hawaii, No. 8 Florida at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, Fla., No. 50 Clemson in Athens, Ga., No. 23 NC State at home, No. 1 Wake Forest at home, No. 38 Louisville at home and No. 42 Virginia on the road.
10 The number of people who have clinched a match for the Seminoles, led by freshman Chase Wood who has five.
19 Redshirt senior Lucas Poullain leads the Seminoles in wins with a 19-1 record
23 The Number of straight weeks that Florida State has been ranked in the ITA poll.
51 Seniors Terrance and Terrell Whitehurst currently have 51 career doubles wins together, good for fourth-most in school history as a duo. They need one more win to have sole possession of fourth place and two wins to tie for third.
53 The top three positions in Florida State’s lineup are a combined 53-9 this season
80 Gracia currently has 80 career doubles wins. He cracked the top-10 in career doubles wins for an individual in FSU history with his 6-2 win on court two against Georgia Tech. He currently ranks tied for seventh.
114 The Seminoles are outscoring their opponents this season 114-24.
156 Gracia has 156 career wins and currently ranks 10th in all-time wins at Florida State
Noles in the Polls
In the latest Oracle/ITA poll, Florida State comes in at No. 13. This marks the 23rd 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 three doubles pairs. Senior Guy Iradukunda leads off the pack coming in at No. 20, redshirt senior Lucas Poullain comes in at No. 34 and junior Aziz Dougaz comes in at No. 67. The duo of Guy Iradukunda and Alex Knaff leads the group of doubles pairs coming in at No. 29 in doubles. They are followed by Jose Gracia and Lucas Poullain at No. 43 and Dougaz and Iradukunda at No. 86.
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