Feb. 17, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State Seminole men's tennis team (5-1) heads into a three-match homestand this weekend ranked 46th in the nation according to the latest ITA poll, which was released on Wednesday. FSU is 4-0 at home this season under first year head coach Dwayne Hultquist. Hultquist continues to prepare a young Seminole team for conference play that is set to begin in early March.
The Florida State Seminoles first opponent of the lengthy weekend are the Owls from Florida Atlantic University. Junior Xavier Luscan will look to uphold his No. 56 national ranking as he battles at No. 1 singles for FSU. Senior Mike Ingham will reach for his 77th career win while freshman Rodrigo Laub will strive to increase his winning streak to seven. The Noles current winning streak against FAU dates back to 1997 when FSU defeated FAU by a score of 6-1. The Seminoles again defeated FAU in 1998 and 1999 by a score of 7-0 and 5-2.
"FAU is a big team," said Hultquist. "They just beat South Florida, so they are going to be tough to beat."
Last weekend, Ingham notched his 75th career win against UNC-Asheville. Ingham, who hails from Rochdale, England, is the team's captain and is attempting to show the younger players how to win by example.
"Areas of my game are improving, but winning is the main issue," said Ingham.
Following the Friday match, the Noles will host a doubleheader on Saturday at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The first team to take on the 46th-ranked Noles will be Southern Mississippi at 12 noon. In this match, the Seminoles have yet another winning streak to continue. FSU has won three straight against Southern Mississippi.
The final match of the weekend is at 3:30 p.m., Saturday when the Seminoles take on the Stetson Hatters of Deland, FL. The Seminoles winning streak with the Hatters dates back to 1998. Prior to that year, 47 years had accumulated since the Noles faced the Hatters. Back in 1950, the Noles were victorious over Stetson by a score of 6-3.