March 21, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The 45th-ranked Florida State Seminoles head to Gainesville for a match Wednesday against the 4th-ranked Florida Gators. Florida State enters the match with a record of 9-4 and looking to curb a three-match losing streak. Florida is 12-2 on the season and 4-0 in the SEC.
The Noles come into the match winning 76 of 135 singles matches and 42 of 78 doubles matches this dual season. FSU is 10-3 at both the No. 1 and No. 5 singles positions this spring. The Gators have won 101 of 158 singles matches and 53 of 103 doubles matches in their 14 dual matches. Wednseday's match will be the 19th between the two schools, FSU won four of five between 1984 and 1988 but dropped the initial meeting in 1956 by a score of 9-0.
"This weekend is going to be a difficult match," said FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist. "Florida is ranked at No. 4 and we are ranked at No. 45. This is the best team Ian (UF Head Coach) has had during his career at Florida and there is a lot of rivalry between these two teams. We will play our best and see what happens."
This past weekend, the Gators defeated South Carolina on Friday and eighth-ranked Mississippi on Sunday each by a score of 5-2. Both matches took place at the Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville. The University of Florida's two losses this season were to 7th-ranked UCLA and 18th-ranked Texas A & M on the road. Two of the top players in Wednesday's match will most likely square off against each other at No. 1 singles. Florida's Jeff Morrison is ranked 7th in the nation and will probably face Florida State's Xavier Luscan, the country's 28th-ranked player.
In Florida State's last match, a cold and overcast Saturday afternoon ended in an FSU loss to North Carolina by a score of 6-1. At the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on Saturday, Florida State's Xavier Luscan, Mike Ingham, and Chad Mooney all pushed their opponents to three sets but could not pull out the victories. FSU dropped all six singles matches after winning the doubles point to open the match. Florida State's Jay Travis and Noah Schnell won their fifth match together this spring and Mike Ingham and Chad Mooney secured the doubles point with a win at No. 3 doubles. North Carolina improved their ACC record to 2-1 while the Seminoles dropped to 1-2 in the conference.
Florida State will play two more matches on the road after Wednesday's Florida match before returning home to Tallahassee, Fla. to face the North Carolina State Wolfpack on Saturday, March 30.