January 19, 2017 - by
Tennis to Host FGCU, FAMU, Ga. Southern

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-  The Florida State men’s tennis team (2-1) will host the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (1-2), Florida A&M Rattlers (0-3), and Georgia Southern Eagles (1-1) this weekend at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The match with Florida Gulf Coast will be played at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, while the Noles will play the Rattlers at 6:00 p.m. The Georgia Southern match is set for 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.

“Just like last weekend, we’ve got three more matches and we’re evaluating a lot of our guys and where they are,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “We’ve worked hard this last week trying to bounce back off last weekend. It’s good that we have some more matches to gain some momentum heading into (ITA National Team Indoor Championships).”

The Seminoles boast two nationally-ranked players in No. 59 junior Guy Iradukunda and No. 71 sophomore Aziz Dougaz, while redshirt junior Lucas Poullain leads the Seminoles with a 2-0 record in singles on Court 3. The doubles teams of Dougaz and Iradukunda and redshirt junior Jose Gracia and Poullain are 2-0 and 2-1 respectively in doubles so far this season.

The Seminoles are 4-0 all-time against Florida Gulf Coast, and 11-0 all-time against Florida A&M after defeating each team last season. Florida State is 28-5 all-time against Georgia Southern, the last meeting being a 6-0 victory in 2010.

All three teams visited Tallahassee in October for the ITA Southeast Regional Championships, where Iradukunda claimed the singles title.

Last weekend, Florida State hosted the FSU Invitational tournament, an eight-team dual match tournament that included Florida A&M in the field. The Seminoles defeated Louisiana 4-0 and South Alabama 4-3 before falling to Georgia State in the final round 4-2.

“I think number one, we’re looking for consistency,” Hultquist said. “We want them to play well day after day, match after match. I think last week we had only had about five practices- we’re looking to play good matches each day and put ourselves in position to win.”

Due to the likelihood of inclement weather, matches may be moved to the Indoor Tennis Facility located at 2566 Pottsdamer Rd., Tallahassee, FL, 32310. Updates on match venue will be issued via social media as they become available. Admission is free at both venues and fans are encouraged to come out and cheer on the Seminoles.

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