May 6, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 16-ranked Florida State men's tennis team will open the 2009 NCAA Tournament against Jacksonville State on Friday, May 8, at 1:00 p.m at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
"We're thrilled to be playing at home and we know we've got some tough competition," FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. "We don't know much about Jacksonville State, but we do know they have one of the best records in the country.
The Seminoles (19-8) are hosting a regional for the third consecutive season. As the region's No. 1-seed they will play the fourth-seeded Gamecocks (21-2) who won the Ohio Vally Conference championship to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. The Garnet and Gold have not played JSU since 1958, but own a 3-0 record against them.
"Because we don't know a lot about them we need to come out even stronger than normal," Hultquist said. "To make a run in the tournament it is about building momentum and that starts with the first match.
If FSU defeats Jacksonville State they will play the winner of the match between No. 2-seed Auburn and No. 3-seed South Florida on Saturday. The Tigers were 13-10 on the season and finished seventh in the SEC, while the Bulls won the Big East Conference championship and defeated Florida State 5-2 earlier in the season. Auburn and South Florida will play on Friday at 10:00 a.m., Saturday's second round match will begin at 12:00 p.m.
"Auburn and South Florida are both excellent teams," Hultquist said. "Being at home gives us the edge with the crowd and we are also familiar with the surroundings here.
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