TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 19th ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (7-0, 0-0 ACC) is set to host ITA Kick-off weekend as they welcome Texas Tech (4-0), Tennessee (2-0) and Tulane (2-0) into Tallahassee with an opportunity to advance to the National Indoor Championships in Chicago, Ill.
The Seminoles begin the weekend on Saturday at 11 a.m. as they host Texas Tech. Their second match will be Sunday at 11 a.m. against either Tennessee or Tulane.
This will be the second time in school history that the Seminoles have hosted Kick-off weekend with the first time coming back in 2010 when the Noles hosted Wisconsin, LSU and Louisville. Florida State has advanced through to National Indoors twice (2006 & 2009).
Florida State is 3-1 all-time against Texas Tech with their last win coming one year ago when the Garnet and Gold took down the Red Raiders 6-1 in Hawaii. Texas Tech brings in one ranked singles player (No. 70 Bjorn Thomson) and one ranked doubles pair (No. 17 Parker Wynn/Bjorn Thomson).
Against Tennessee, Florida state is 1-3, but have not played since 1976. The Volunteers have three ranked singles players (No. 45 Timo Stodder, No. 75 Scott Jones and No. 106 Adam Walton) and one ranked doubles pair (No. 41 Timo Stodder/Preston Touliatos).
The Noles are 5-1-1 against Tulane, including winning the last five against the Green Wave. Tulane has four ranked singles players (No. 42 Luis Erlenbusch, No. 58 Tyler Schick, No. 120 Felix Ewers, No. 125 Tim Ruetzel) and one ranked doubles pair (No. 29 Akos Kotorman/Tim Ruetzel)
Last Time Out
Florida State went 2-0 last weekend with wins over South Alabama (5-2) and Cal (4-3). For the first time all season the Noles lost the doubles point against South Alabama and they followed that up by losing it once again to Cal. Florida State dominated singles play against South Alabama, taking the top five courts en route to a 5-2 win.
Against Cal the Noles fell behind early but stormed back to late. Sophomore Chase Wood came through in the clutch once again for Florida State and sealed the win with a three-set win on court six.
NUMBERS TO NOTE
329 – Dwayne Hultquist is the winningest tennis coach in school history with 329 wins, 176 of them over ranked opponents.
37 – The Seminoles enter the season with 37 years of coaching experience on the sideline. (Hultquist – 19 (Head Coach), 8 (Assistant Coach); DeHeart – 6; Cambier – 4.
32 – Florida State has outscored their opponents 32-5 in their first seven matches of the season.
30 – The Seminoles have been ranked for in the ITA rankings for 30 straight weeks dating back to February 4, 2017
27 – The Florida State singles lineup is a combined 27-3 in seven matches this season.
12 – Florida State is 12-0 on courts one and two with six wins from each court.
16 – The Seminoles have been to 16 consecutive NCAA Tournaments (11th longest streak in the nation).
6 – Aziz Dougaz earned his sixth pro doubles title this fall
2 – Florida State has qualified for the National Indoor Championships twice (2006 & 2009)
1 – The Seminoles have hosted ITA Kick-off weekend once in its existence (2010)
Noles in the Polls
In the latest Oracle/ITA poll, Florida State comes in at No. 19. This marks the 30th straight week that the Noles have been ranked in the ITA Poll dating back to February 27, 2017.
The Seminoles have one ranked singles players in junior Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar, who comes into the season ranked 84th in the nation.
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