May 9, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla.- The No. 14 ranked Florida State men’s tennis team will open the 2008 NCAA Tournament at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center as they square off with Samford on Saturday, May 10, at 10:a.m. This is the second consecutive year that the Seminoles have hosted a regional.
“I think we’re excited to get the tournament started given the fact that we’ve practice hard for a couple of weeks,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “We don’t know a whole lot about Samford, but we know they won their conference and are going to play really hard. We are looking forward to the battle.”
The Seminoles (19-6, 10-3) enter the tournament as the No. 14 overall seed and No. 1 seed in the region. The Garnet and Gold are ranked higher at this point in the season than ever before and look to advance to the second round for the fourth consecutive year. FSU will play fourth-seeded Samford in the first-round. The Bulldogs (15-8, 10-1) won the Ohio Valley Conference championship to earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. Florida State holds a 2-0 edge all-time against Samford with the last match between the two teams being played in 1975.
The Seminoles will enjoy a home court advantage for the second season in a row. FSU went 1-1 last year losing to Florida 4-3 in the second round. Florida State has a 11-2 record at home in 2008 and a 22-4 mark during the last two years.
“Things are always a little bit easier when you are at home,” Hultquist said. “You’re comfortable with your environment and we like playing in front of our home crowd.”
The gates will open an hour before play begins. Daily admission to Scott Speicher Center is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Concessions will be available upstairs, which means patrons will not be allowed to bring their own food and beverages into the stands.
For more coverage and live scoring, visit Florida State’s official NCAA Tournament page http://seminoles.cstv.com/sports/m-tennis/spec-rel/m-tennis-08-ncaa-tournament.html.