March 1, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. –
No. 10 Seminoles’ (7-2, 1-0 ACC) hit the road this spring break with four away dual matches. First stop is #31 Clemson on Friday, March 2 and later this weekend against #52 Georgia Tech on Sunday, March 4. Florida State will next travel to the west coast to take on #27 Stanford this Wednesday, March 7 and #14 Pepperdine on Friday, March 9.
“Clemson is going to be a tough challenge and Georgia Tech as well are both really dangerous,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “The thing is in the ACC all teams are very even and I think winning on the road is more difficult. We’ve done a very good job at winning all our matches at home but I think we’re in for two battles this week.”
The Seminoles have not taken for granted home court advantage and know their ten home match winning streak is due greatly to the community support attending. On February 17, Florida State men’s tennis hosted the Florida Gators and had over 500 fans in attendance at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Coach Hultquist contributes a part of the ranked victory to the crowd support.
“To have that kind of crowd support is huge. Looking back, we’ve won nine (now ten after defeating Miami on February 24) in a row at home and our home court advantage is going to continue to grow. I think the crowd is a huge part of the win and I think it definitely helped us get the doubles point.”
No. 10 Florida State will now have to face four nationally ranked teams on the road in a challenge to stay among the top 10 teams in the country. With two ACC match ups this weekend Florida State men’s tennis know the competition is strong among the Atlantic Coast Conference and plan to fight to the end for a championship.
“We want to win an ACC title, whether it’s this year, or next year, or we want to be in the hunt to do that and there is a lot of good teams in this conference so that’s not gonna be easy to do,” Hultquist said. “But that’s where you’ve got to take it one match at a time.”