Jan. 30, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State men's and women's tennis teams, both currently ranked 50th, will take to the road this weekend. The upcoming road trips will be the first for both teams. The women are currently a perfect 4-0 in dual-match play and will look to improve to 6-0 against #41Tulane and #59 LSU over the weekend. The men's team, which was victorious in the Seminole Team Tournament this past weekend, will look for their first wins in dual-match action against #34 Notre Dame and #48 Michigan.
The men's team will travel to South Bend, Ind. Friday, January 31st, to take on nationally-ranked Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are 0-3 on the season, after falling to national powerhouses Illinois, Ohio State and Indiana. Notre Dame is led by Louis Haddock and Matthew Scott. Haddock is ranked 72nd, while Scott ranks 119th. The last times the two teams met was in 1992, when Notre Dame won 5-1. The Seminoles lead in all-time series with a record of 2-1.
Following their match against the Fighting Irish, the Seminoles will then travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., where they will face the Michigan Wolverines on Sunday, February 2nd. Michigan has gotten off to a quick start and will be a tough test for the Seminoles. The Wolverines hold a record of 2-0, after defeating DePaul and #45 Tulsa. In four meetings, Florida State has never beaten Michigan. In the last meeting between the schools, the Wolverines defeated the Tribe, 6-3.
The women's team will see stiff competition in Louisiana over the weekend as they go head-to-head with Tulane and LSU. The Seminoles will travel to New Orleans Saturday, February 1st, to take on Tulane. Tulane is led by Julie Smekodub (#10), Jenny Kuhn (#101) and Julie Morris (#125). The Green Wave currently ranks 41st and boasts a record of 2-0 on the season. Florida State has seen much success against Tulane in the past, as the Seminoles hold a 8-1 advantage in the all-time series. The two teams last met in 2001, when Florida State defeated the Green Wave, 4-3.
Florida State will travel to Baton Rouge, La. Sunday, February 2nd, to take on the Tigers of LSU. With wins over Louisiana Tech and Centenary, the Tigers hold a record of 2-0 in dual-match play. LSU is led by Rocio Fantilli, who ranks 116th nationally. The Seminoles and the Tigers have met eight times in school history and have split their matches, each winning four. The Tribe was victorious in their last meeting with the Tigers, in 2001, defeating LSU, 4-3.
The men's team will return to action February 9th, when they take on Florida at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center at 1:00 pm. The women will continue their road stint, as they travel to Wisconsin for Team Indoors over the weekend of February 6-9. The team indoors will be an all-day competition.