Jan. 24, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 35 Florida State men's tennis team (8-0) is heading out on their first road trip of the season for the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Gainesville. In order to reach the National Indoors next month, the Seminoles first need to top No. 38 TCU (0-0) on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Florida State will take on either No. 14 Florida (1-0) or No. 44 UNC Wilmington (1-0) on Sunday. With a pair of wins, the team will travel to Houston February 14-17.
"This weekend is something we look forward to each year," said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "We'd love to have a good run this weekend and travel to Nationals in Houston. We know that we have a really strong regional with TCU being one of the most under ranked teams in the country."
The Seminoles are undefeated this season with all 11 student-athletes putting wins in their columns. Junior Dominic Cotrone is leading the team with a 7-1 record while junior Cristian Gonzalez Mendez is riding a nine match winning streak including a 5-0 mark this spring.
Senior Blake Davis us 5-1 this spring while playing in the third to fifth position. Sophomore Michael Rinaldi (4-0) and freshman Grayson Goldin (5-0) are both undefeated. In doubles play, sophomore Marco Nunez and Grayson are 4-0 after playing for the first time last weekend. Cotrone and Davis are 5-1 playing on court one while the third doubles pair is still being switched around.
TCU has two players ranked in No. 84 Nick Chappell and No. 118 Facundo Lugones. Chappell and Will Stein are ranked No. 11 in doubles.
The ITA Kick-Off Weekend will be the first national tournament to use the new, experimental formats decided upon by the ITA Division Operating Committee.
Under the experimental format, all sets in singles and doubles will be played to six games, with a tiebreaker at 5-all and no-ad scoring. All third sets of singles will be played out unless the team match is decided. In addition, all matches will be played under the "clinch-clinch" format. Once the doubles point is decided the remaining matches are halted, and one the team match is clinched in singles play, the remaining singles matches will be halted. There will also be no warm-up against opponents.
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