February 20, 2009 - by
No. 16 Florida State Men’s Tennis To Host Furman and Rice This Weekend

Feb. 20, 2009

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  – The No. 16-ranked Florida State men’s tennis team will begin its four match home stand with competition against Furman on Friday, February 20, at 2:00 p.m.  The Seminoles will then take on No. 27 Rice on Sunday, February 22, at 1:00 p.m.

“I think it’s very important to play well at home,” FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said.  “I think we can put ourselves in position to get some good home victories.  We have a very tough schedule the next two weeks and it is a big challenge for us.” 

The Garnet and Gold (7-4) come into the weekend after going 1-2 at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.  FSU holds a 30-4 all-time record against the Paladins and have not lost to Furman since 1989.  The Paladins are coached by Paul Scarpa who was the Seminoles head coach in 1964.

“Furman always comes in and competes really hard,” Hultquist said.  “They play great doubles and they bring a lot of energy to the courts.”

Sunday’s match will mark the eighth consecutive year that FSU had faced Rice.  Florida State owns a 5-4 record against the Owls and have beaten them four straight times including last seasons 4-3 victory in Houston, Texas.

“I think that Rice is one of the better teams in the country,” Hultquist said.  “Their top two players will probably make NCAA’s and we always have tight competitive matches.”

Admission is free for everyone at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.  For live stats and a match recap log onto www.seminoles.com.



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