March 16, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –For the first time ever, both the men’s and women’s teams are set to play their matches simultaneously noon at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on Saturday, March 17. The No.39 Florida State women’s tennis team will play No.25 Georgia Tech and the No. 30 ranked men’s tennis team will take on No.71 Clemson.
“I think both teams are excited,” women’s head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “We’ve never done anything like this. I think it will be an unbelievable college tennis environment. We are expecting to have a great a tremendous fan turnout. We’re looking forward to it and it’s going to be a great experience for everyone.”
The event will begin with three men’s doubles matches and three women’s doubles matches all on the same side. Whichever team finishes first will head to the back courts to begin singles play.
“It’s great for people in the community to come out and watch three hours of tennis,” said men’s head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “There will be a lot going on with 12 matches of singles and six going on in doubles. There is a lot to follow so it makes it festive and full of energy.”
The women’s team went 1-1 over spring break, taking a match on the West Coast against then No.31 Pepperdine, 5-2 before dropping their match to then No.26 Clemson 5-2. The Seminoles are seeking their first ACC win, as they’ve started 0-2 in conference play.
“As a team, we’re gearing up for this match against Georgia Tech,” Hyde said. “We’re expecting a very tough battle with them. We beat them last year in Atlanta, 5-2 and I’m sure they’re going to be ready to avenge that. We’ve worked on a lot of different things this week and I think we’re ready for the challenge. We’re excited to be playing at home and we’re going to be ready for them at noon.”
Georgia Tech is also in search of their first conference win as they’ve dropped their ACC opener to Clemson. Earlier in the season the Tigers did face North Carolina and Virginia at the ITA Indoor National Championships, however they lost both of the outings. The Seminoles are 18-9 against the Yellow Jackets in the all-time series.
The sixth court for the Seminoles has been their strongest at they’ve posted a record of 8-1 this season mainly behind the rackets of junior Amy Sargeant and Carolina De los Santos. Sargeant is 6-1 on the court and 7-2 on the season, while De Los Santos is 1-0 and 8-3. Freshman Leyla Erkan has played on four different courts this year, playing the last three matches on court one as she holds a 7-4 record in singles.
The men’s team is coming off of a 6-1 win against No. 33 UNC-Wilmington Thursday night. The Seminoles play their second of a three match swing in a six day span, looking to stay perfect in ACC play as they currently have a 3-0 record in the conference. The Noles are 11-3 overall on the season and will take the court on Saturday eager to defend their 9-0 record at home.
This season, the Seminoles have only lost the doubles point twice, with Andres Bucaro and Benjamin Lock posting a 12-1 record, while Dominic Cotrone and Anderson Reed are 11-2 on the year. In singles, Bucaro (12-0) and Reed (8-0) are both undefeated.
While facing Clemson, junior Reed has a 4-1 combined singles and doubles record while junior Jordan Kelly-Houston is 3-0. Coming into the match, the Tigers are also unbeaten in conference play at 2-0, with a 5-7 season record. They also hold the series edge over the Seminoles, 18-17.
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Live stats throughout the women’s match can be followed here: http://www.seminoles.com/sports/w-tennis/spec-rel/fsu-w-tennis-live-updates-GT.html
Live Stats for the men’s match can be followed here: http://www.seminoles.com/sports/m-tennis/spec-rel/fsu-m-tennis-live-updates-fsuclemson.html