April 26, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The 54th-ranked Florida State Seminoles added another match this week to make up for two earlier rainouts. FSU will host the nation's 53rd-ranked Florida A & M Rattlers of Tallahassee, in the first meeting between the two schools since 1982. The match scheduled for Friday, April 28th at 4 p.m., will be the fourth ever meeting between FSU (13-10) and FAMU (21-4).
Florida State is coming off a weekend loss to Virginia in the first round of the ACC Tournament. FSU, the fifth seed in the tournament, lost its 10th match of the season 4-1 to the Cavaliers, the No. 4 seed. Florida State senior Mike Ingham came from behind to defeat Virginia's Huntley Montgomery in three sets, 0-6, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 2 singles. Ingham, who was ranked 97th in the country, defeated Montgomery the nation's 51st-ranked player, for the second time in a month. On March 26th, Ingham earned one of FSU's two points in the match, defeating the Cavaliers No. 2 player in straight sets.
The 1999-2000 season has been one of new beginnings for the Seminoles. Head coach Dwayne Hultquist and assistant coach John Roddick have added four new faces to the program and have seen two players, Ingham and Luscan, reach national ranking. In their first season together, the new coaching tandem led FSU to a 4-4 conference record with wins over Maryland, Wake Forest, N.C. State and Georgia Tech. The Noles shut out the Terrapins and won two tight, one-point matches against the Wolfpack and Yellow Jackets.
The Seminoles have won five matches this season against ranked opponents and eight of their 10 losses have come against teams that were ranked in the top 40 in the country. FSU played in nine "4-3" matches and won seven of them.
The match with FAMU came about after unfavorable weather conditions resulted in the cancellation of two Seminole matches. The first rainout occurred on Sunday, February 27th against Miami and the second rainout took place on Sunday, March 19th against Georgia State. FAMU has already qualified for the NCAA Tournament by winning their conference tournament. A Seminole win would improve the Seminole's chances of obtaining an at-large bid into the field of 64. FSU and FAMU have met three times in the past with the Seminoles taking all three meetings.
The NCAA will announce the tournament field on May 4th. If Florida State is chosen to participate in the NCAA Tournament, the regionals will begin on May 12th and the finals will be in Athens, Ga. beginning on May 19th.