March 29, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 55 Florida State Seminoles will host the North Carolina State Wolfpack at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30th. The Seminoles enter the contest with a record of 10-6 overall and 2-3 in the conference. The Wolfpack head into action Thursday with a 9-10 record overall and no wins in their three ACC matches this season.
"This past weekend our guys fought hard," stated FSU Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist. "We competed well and were in a position to win. Our biggest win was by senior Mike Ingham, who beat the 39th-ranked player in the country."
On Saturday, March 25, the Noles traveled to College Park, Maryland where they swept the unranked Maryland Terrapins. At No. 5 singles, sophomore Jeff Scarella defeated Dan Kenshalo by a score of 6-1, 6-1. This was Scarella's first match since his loss to Darren Knight of Clemson on March 12, 2000 by a score of 6-3, 6-1. Scarella's record this spring now stands at 4-5.
Another Nole to make an appearance Saturday was freshman Joe Bassett. Bassett defeated John Rockwell from the University of North Carolina-Asheville by a score of 7-6 (1), 6-0 on February 12th and on Saturday, Bassett swept Maryland's Jonathan Murchison by a score of 6-2, 2-1, ret. The win against the Terrapins increased Basset's overall record to 4-4, increased his winning streak to two and increased his record at the No. 6 position to 2-1.
On Sunday, March 26, the Noles traveled to face the University of Virginia Cavaliers. Losing for just the sixth time all season, FSU lost a close match 4-3 to the 38th-ranked Cavaliers. The three Nole wins of the match were accomplished by senior Mike Ingham, junior Chad Mooney, and freshman Rodrigo Laub. In Ingham's fifth match of the year against a ranked opponent, the senior from Rochdale, England defeated the 39th-ranked player in the country, Huntley Montgomery by a score of 6-4, 6-2.
This weekend, the 55th-ranked Florida State Seminoles battle North Carolina State on Thursday and Duke University on Saturday, April 1. Since Florida State entered the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1992, the Noles have won eight consecutive matches against the Wolfpack. In both 1994 and 1996, the Seminoles shutout the Pack, 7-0.
Florida State has had limited success against Duke winning in the years 1974, 1975 and 1996. In 1975, FSU prevailed by a score of 6-3 and in 1974, FSU lost just one match en route to winning 8-1. Four years ago in 1996, FSU ousted Duke by a score of 4-3. Since FSU entered the ACC in 1992, Florida State has taken 22 of 77 singles matches between the two schools.