Feb. 11, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The 48th-ranked Florida State Seminoles (3-1) will continue their non-conference schedule this weekend with a doubleheader on Saturday. The first match will begin at 10:00 a.m. when the Seminoles host the Jacksonville Dolphins (2-1). About an hour after that match the Seminoles will face UNC-Asheville (0-3). The Florida State men's tennis team has moved up 21 spots in the ITA rankings over the past two weeks, from 69th to 48th in the nation.
This past weekend marked a successful home opener for FSU. The initial match, against Georgia Southern University, resulted in a Seminole victory by a score of 4-3. The Noles went on to continue their winning streak against the Golden Knights of Central Florida on Saturday February 5th, winning another tight match 4-3.
Five Seminoles made their debuts at the six-year old Scott Speicher Tennis Center that weekend. Junior transfer Xavier Luscan represented FSU in both matches at No. 1 singles and freshmen Joe Bassett and Rodrigo Laub each played at a match at No. 6 singles. Laub, playing through a stomach muscle strain, toughed it out to defeat Central Florida's Ryan Winters in three sets.
It was a busy weekend for the Florida State men's tennis athletic trainer Tim Shea. Not only did Laub have to overcome injuries, but sophomore Noah Schnell fought through shin splints before and during his Friday match against Wojciech Nowak from Georgia Southern. In addition, the No. 3 doubles team of Chad Mooney and Xavier Luscan had a minor pause in their competition when Mooney suffered a minor abrasion under his left eye.
Another new facet of the men's tennis program that made a debut last weekend was the Golden Ace Girls. In an effort to promote the program to the community through marketing and public relations, the 12-member group selected by Coach Hultquist helps the coaching staff throughout the week prepare for upcoming matches. The Golden Ace Girls also assist the team on match days helping officials score the matches.
The Seminoles will host Florida Atlantic on Friday, February 18th at 3:30 p.m. in their next home match.