Jan. 27, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, FL. - Head coach Dwayne Hultquist and the Florida State men's tennis team head to Albuquerque, New Mexico this weekend in preparation for their first dual matches of the season. Florida State will face New Mexico at noon on Friday, January 28th and Texas Christian at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 29th.
FSU won it's only match against New Mexico 6-1, back in 1997. In 1994, TCU defeated the Seminoles in their only meeting 4-3. This year's Seminole team has four new additions, one player back from a year hiatus and two new coaches. Head coach Dwayne Hultquist and assistant coach John Roddick enter their first dual match season together after guiding the team through a full schedule of fall tournaments.
The Seminoles head to New Mexico after a good showing in the Rice University Indoor Championships and the ACC Indoor Championships, which were both held last weekend. Standout performances from last weekend's Rice Indoor Championships included freshman Rodrigo Laub's defeat of Eric Gildhorn of South Florida for the "B" Consolation Championship and a victory in the Consolation Doubles Championship by junior Jay Travis and sophomore Noah Schnell.
The most notable performance at the ACC Indoor Championships for the Seminoles came from sophomore Jeff Scarella who made it to the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals, Scarella faced the tournament's third seed, Duke's Andres Pedroso. After a grueling first set, Scarella eventually fell to Pedroso 7-6(4), 6-2.
After facing New Mexico and Texas Christian this weekend, the Florida State men's tennis team will return home to prepare for their first home dual matches of the season. The Seminoles will face Georgia Southern at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, February 4th, and Central Florida at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 5th. Both home matches next weekend will be held at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.