January 17, 2019 - by
No. 20 Men’s Tennis Looks to Keep Hot Start Going

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 20th ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (5-0, 0-0 ACC) wraps up their six-match homestand this Friday against South Alabama (0-0) (4:00 pm) before heading to Orlando to take on Cal (0-0) at the USTA National Campus on Sunday at 11 am.

Florida State is 19-6 all-time against South Alabama and 10-1 under head coach Dwayne Hultquist. In those 11 matches the Noles shutout the Jaguars twice and let up just one point two other times. The two teams last met in 2017 as a part of the FSU Spring Invitational, Florida State won 4-2. Florida State will be South Alabama’s first opponent of the season.

The Seminoles will be taking on Cal as a part of the USTA Collegiate series at the USTA National Campus in Orlando. The Golden Bears are 1-0 against Florida State with their only match coming in 2013 in the Gainesville Regional. Cal currently has two ranked doubles pairs (No. 14 Yuta Kikuchi/Jacob Brumm and No. 18 Paul Barretto/Can Kaya) and one ranked singles player (No. 94 Paul Barretto). Cal as a team is currently in the receiving votes category of the team rankings. Their first match of the season against Pacific was postponed.

Last Time Out
Last week the Seminoles started the season with five wins in four days. FSU shutout all five opponents including four 4-0 wins and one 7-0 victory over Mercer. The Noles did not lose a singles match and won 10 of 11 doubles matches. Doubles play was highlighted by freshman Bryn Nahrung, who went 5-0 with two different partners (Richard Thongoana and Enzo Le Seguillon).

Florida State capped off the weekend with a 4-0 win over FAU for the Florida State Spring Invitational. In this match, senior Aziz Dougaz and Lucas Poullain made their first appearance in the Garnet in Gold after playing in a Tucson, Ariz. Futures earlier in the week.

NUMBERS TO NOTE

322 Dwayne Hultquist is the winningest tennis coach in school history with 322 wins, 176 of them over ranked opponents.

65 Percent of singles wins from the 2018 season return, led by redshirt senior Lucas Poullain who went 30-5 a season ago.

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.

29 The Seminoles have been ranked for in the ITA rankings for 29 straight weeks dating back to February 4, 2017

23 Florida State has outscored their opponents 23-0 in their first five matches of the season.

18 The Florida State singles lineup is a combined 18-0 in five matches this season.

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 last week before coming back to Tallahassee to win two both his singles and doubles match against FAU

4 The Garnet and Gold return four of their top five in singles wins from a season ago.

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 have one ranked singles players in junior Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar, who comes into the season ranked 84th in the nation.

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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