Nov. 17, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida State men's tennis team got an early gift this week when Alex Herrara from Gadsden, Ala. announced he will attend Florida State next fall.
"We consider him to be one of the top 15 recruits in the country," said head men's tennis coach Dwayne Hultquist. "We are happy that Alex has decided to become a Seminole."
Herrara is considered the best player in the state of Alabama and is known for his big serve and powerful forehand. His exploits include finishing in the top 32 at Nationals and being a finalist at the Peach State National Open. The high school senior is an excellent all-around athlete, who at 6'5" plays both basketball and tennis for his school.
"Alex moves really well and he is an excellent athlete," said Hultquist. "He has tremendous potential and could become a top-ranked college player very soon."
Herrara is the first to commit to the Seminoles class of 2000. Herrara will join an FSU team that consists of five underclassmen currently and only one senior. Coach Hultquist and his assistant, John Roddick, are in their first year as coaches of the men's Seminole tennis program. Hultquist arrived from the University of Texas where he helped lead the Longhorns to seven consecutive NCAA tournaments under legendary coach Dave Snyder. Roddick recently graduated from the University of Georgia where he was a four-time All-American.
Florida State opens the 2000 season on a two-match road trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico. In New Mexico, the Noles will play the University of New Mexico on January 28th and Texas Christian on January 29th. FSU's first home match will be February 4th against Georgia Southern. The match will be played at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center at 3:30 p.m.