April 4, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida State men's tennis team will host the South Alabama Jaguars on Wednesday, April 5th, in the Seminoles' sixth match of the season against an opponent ranked in the Top 30. The match between the 53rd-ranked Seminoles and the 29th-ranked Jaguars is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m., at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
The Jaguars will be the sixth team to visit Tallahassee this season with a national ranking and FSU has sent three of the previous five teams home with a loss. The Seminoles overall record is 11-7 including a 9-2 record at home. Leading the way for the Seminoles is sophomore Xavier Luscan, who is currently ranked No. 28 in the country by the ITA, and is 12-6 in dual match play this season. Luscan is coming off an upset over the nation's 18th-ranked player from Duke, Ramsey Smith.
Seminole senior Mike Ingham is riding a three-match winning streak that has included two top-ranked players. Ingham defeated Virginia's Huntley Montgomery, the nation's 39th-ranked player, in straight sets on March 26th and then Duke's Doug Root on April 1st in a back-and-forth battle, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
First year head coach Dwayne Hultquist needs just one win in the team's final four matches to ensure the program's 14th consecutive winning season. Hultquist has added four new faces to this year's squad and will be losing just one senior on a team that at one point this season, was the hottest team in the country jumping 24 spots in the rankings in just three weeks.
The Jaguars will be the Seminoles last home match in the 2000 dual match season. The Noles will wrap up their regular season on the road against South Florida on April 9th, Furman on April 15th and Georgia Tech April 16th.