March 3, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - After being rained out last weekend against Miami, the Florida State Seminoles will play their first match in eight days against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Sunday, March 5th. The Demon Deacons are 5-1 on the season and the Seminoles enter Sunday's match on a seven-match winning streak and a record of 8-1.
"This hole in the schedule is too long," said FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "Even though our team is healthy, this two week gap is not good. This is a big match for us because it is our first one in the ACC. If we do well this weekend and end up in the upper teir, we will do well in the NCAA's."
Giving up no more than three points per match, the Noles have swept Wake Forest in seven out of the last eight matches between the two. In 1999, the Noles fell short of a victory to Wake by a score of 4-3 for their first loss to the Demon Deacons in seven years. In 1998, the Noles defeated Wake by a score of 5-2, in 1997 by a score of 4-0, in 1996 by score 6-1, in 1995 by a score of 5-2, in 1994 by a score of 6-1, in 1993 by a score of 6-1, in 1992 by a score of 5-3.
Florida State is one of the hottest teams in the country jumping 24 spots in the ITA poll since opening the preseason rankings at No. 69. The Noles have ripped off seven consecutive wins and are 8-1. The only other team in the country to rise as many spots in the rankings this season is Ball State, who jumped from No. 75 to No. 44, but who have now fallen to the No. 54 position after a loss last week. In the midst of this hottest team is one of the countries hottest player, Xavier Luscan. Luscan has jumped 26 spots in the rankings from No. 55 to No. 29 in the last two weeks.
In dual matches this season, senior Mike Ingham and sophomore Noah Schnell both have records of 6-3. Ingham has competed at the No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, and No. 5 slot. Ingham's record at No. 2 is 4-2, at No. 3 is 1-0, at No. 4 0-1 and at No. 5 is 1-0. Schnell has competed at the No. 3, No. 4, and No. 5 positions with records consisting of 0-1, 2-1, and 4-1 respectively.
The 1999-2000 season for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons brings players from all over the country and world. The freshman class consists of David Bere (Midland, MI), Trent Brendon (Victorville, CA), Mark Grae (Staten Island, N.Y.), Brian Mruphy (Thomasville, N.C.), and Michael Murray (Clearwater, FL.) Justin Kaufmann (Mission Hills, KS) and Richard Phillip (Ft. Wayne, IN) occupy the sophomore class at Wake Forest. The junior roster consists of Brett Mauro (Alpharetta, GA) and Raul Munoz (Mexico City, Mexico.) Lastly, the senior class consists of Michael Berger (Greensboro, N.C.), Andres Guzman (Guayaquil, Ecuador) and Johan Hansen (Ivasteras, Sweden.)
In the ACC, six out of the nine teams are ranked in the country. At No. 3 in the country is Duke University, Virginia ranks No. 20, at No. 29 is Clemson, Wake Forest ranks 41st in the country, at No. 45 is Florida State and finally at No. 63 is Georgia Tech. The match Sunday against Wake Forest is Florida State's first match in the ACC this year. Match time is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.