Tulsa, Okla. – Florida State redshirt senior Lucas Poullain took down the No. 48 ranked player in the country, Robert Kelly of North Carolina on the first day of the ITA All-American Tournament.
Poullain defeated Kelly in three sets. He took the first set from Kelly 6-2, before falling in the second set 6-4. In the third set, Poullain and Kelly went back and forth until it was tied 6-6. In the tiebreaker, the two kept fighting until Poullain broke free and won 8-6.
Poullain will take on No. 80 Dan Little of Utah in the second round Friday.
“It was an amazing effort from Lucas today to battle through and get a three-set victory against a very tricky opponent,” said associate coach Ryler DeHeart. “I am proud of his mental fortitude and discipline late down the stretch. It’s always a great win when you win a third set breaker and save a match point.”
Seminole senior Guy Iradukunda fell in the first round of the tournament to No. 22 Harrison Scott of Texas, 7-5, 6-7, 6-3.
Poullain and redshirt senior Jose Garcia battled in a tough three-set match with. Will Little and Johannes Schretter of Baylor. The Noles took the first set by a score of 7-6 (3). The Florida State duo could not hold onto the momentum and dropped the second and third set to Baylor.
Men’s Tennis Starts Strong on Day One of the Bedford Cup
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State Men’s tennis team split their doubles matches and went 5-2 in singles on day one of the Bedford Cup at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
The day got started as Seminoles sophomore Alex Knaff and freshman Chase Wood won their first doubles match against Malik Bhatnagar and Antoine Sanchez from Stetson. Knaff and Wood made quick work of the Stetson duo, winning 6-1.
Wood got things started for the Noles in singles with a dominating performance against Nilo Durante of UNF. He went up early in the first set, 4-3 and finished off Durante 6-4. Wood jumped out quickly in the second set taking a 5-0 lead before finishing off Durante 6-2.
Knaff went up 5-2 in the first set of his match against Enrique Paya of UCF. Knaff defeated Paya 6-2 in the first set. In the second set, Knaff jumped out to a 4-1 lead before defeating Paya 6-2 in the second set.
Terrell Whitehurst fought in a tough two-set battle against Ezequiel Cerrini of FGCU. In the first set, Whitehurst jumped out to a 4-1 lead before winning the first set 6-2. Terrell was down early in the second set before coming back and taking a 3-2 lead. Cerrini took the lead again late in the second set, 6-5. Whitehurst stormed back and took the set, and the match, 7-6 (3).
Terrance Whitehurst battled in the Noles only three-set match of the first round. Whitehurst lost 6-7, 6-3, 10-5
Wood finished off his day with his third win, defeating Anthony Schohn of FAU in dominating fashion. In the first set, Wood did not allow his opponent to win a game as he took it 6-0. In the second set, he took an early 2-1 lead before falling behind 4-3. Wood turned it around and won three straight games to take the second set 6-4.
Knaff won his third match of the day as well. In the first set, he was down 2-1. Knaff went on to win five of the next six games to take the first set 6-3. Knaff had the lead from the start in the second set, winning it 6-2.
“Alex and Chase had a nice run today,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “I especially liked the fact that they got better as the day went on. Winning both of their matches, and being convincing in both of them, especially the second one showed a lot.”
The Noles begin play at 8:30 am on Friday with doubles play followed by singles.
“It has been a good day of battling at two different sites today,” said Hultquist.
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