TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 37th ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (10-4, 1-1) heads back to Lake Nona, Fla., this time to take on No. 43 Miami (8-4, 2-0) at 5 p.m. on Sunday.
This will be the 70th meeting between the Noles and Canes with Miami leading the all-time series 50-19. Things have been much different as of late though as Florida State is 16-6 against Miami under head coach Dwayne Hultquist.
Last time the two teams met was a season ago at the USTA National Campus. FSU dominated Miami winning the match 4-0. The Garnet and Gold earned the doubles point and easy wins on courts three, four and five from Lucas Poullain, Jose Gracia and Alex Knaff.
Miami is led by two ranked singles players. Adria Soriano Barrera spearheads the Hurricane lineup coming in ranked No. 19 in the nation. He is 6-3 this spring and 6-7 against opponents that are currently ranked. He has played all season on court one.
LAST TIME OUT
The Seminoles suffered two tough losses on the road last week. They first lost to Georgia Tech 4-3 in Atlanta before falling 4-1 to Oklahoma in Norman two days later.
NUMBERS TO NOTE
332 – Dwayne Hultquist is the winningest tennis coach in school history with 332 wins, 176 of them over ranked opponents.
50 – Florida State is 50-9 at home since the start of the 2016 season including two wins over the No. 1 team in the nation
51 – Florida State has outscored its opponents 51-22 in their first 14 matches of the season.
42 – The Florida State singles lineup is a combined 42-17 in 14 matches this season.
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.
35 – The Seminoles have been ranked for in the ITA rankings for 35 straight weeks dating back to February 24, 2017
31 – Redshirt senior Lucas Poullain has won 31 of his last 33 dual matches dating back to the start of the 2018 season. He is currently 7-1 in 2019.
18 – Florida State is 18-4 on courts one and two with just two losses on 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 at the beginning of January.
NOLES IN THE POLLS
In the latest Oracle/ITA poll, Florida State comes in at No. 37. This marks the 35th straight week that the Noles have been ranked in the ITA Poll dating back to February 24, 2017. In the USTA Poll, the Seminoles are now ranked No. 22.
The Seminoles have one ranked singles players in redshirt senior Lucas Poullain (No. 99) and one ranked doubles pair in Aziz Dougaz/Alex Knaff (No. 63).
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