April 20, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- This weekend the Raquet Club of the South in Norcross, Georgia plays home to both the ACC Men's and Women's Tournaments. Both Florida State teams will be seeded fifth in their respective tournaments. The FSU women enter the tournament with a record of 15-7 and ranked No. 22 in the country. The FSU men head into the weekend with a record of 13-9 and ranked No. 52 nationally.
The Florida State women's tennis team is 9-8 all-time in ACC tournaments with wins coming against Virginia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and North Carolina State. FSU is 4-0 all-time against Virginia and 1-0 against Friday's opponent Georgia Tech. The Lady Seminoles have never lost a first round match in ACC tournament history and in 1994, FSU advanced all the way to the finals before they lost to Duke.
The Lady Noles were led to a 4-4 ACC record and fifth-place finish by seniors Kia Asberg and Ali Weber. Asberg is leading the team in wins with 27 and is playing No. 2 doubles with sophomore Marina Raic. Weber has won at least 20 matches in each of her four years at FSU and has won 10 of her last 13 matches this season. Weber teams with sophomore Jessica Balbuena to form FSU's No. 3 doubles tandem and the duo is 9-2 at the No. 3 position this season.
The Florida State men's tennis team went 4-4 in the conference and is seeded fifth as well. The men are led by senior Mike Ingham and sophomore Xavier Luscan. Ingham is one of the winningest Seminoles in history, with over 80 singles wins and 50 career doubles wins. Luscan is the Noles highest ranked player at No. 50 in the country and plays both No. 1 singles and doubles for FSU.
Freshman Rodrigo Laub is 9-4 at No. 6 singles this season and 11-5 overall. Laub plays No. 1 doubles with Luscan and is the winningest freshman since Ingham's freshman season in 1996-97. Junior Chad Mooney will play at the No. 4 position in the tournament where he is 8-12 all-time and junior Jay Travis will play at the No. 5 position where he is 2-0 on the season.
Both the men and women play at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 21. The men will play Virginia while the women will face Georgia Tech. The men lost to Virginia in Charlottesville by one point and the women lost to Georgia Tech at home on the final weekend of the regular season, 5-4.