Atlanta, Ga. – Florida State men’s tennis began play at the 2017 ITA Regional Championships hosted by Georgia Tech Saturday morning, taking four of eight singles matches, and three of four doubles matches. Championship play will continue Sunday through Tuesday.
“There were some really good performances today as well as some tough losses,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist.
In singles, fourth-seeded and No. 47 ranked Seminole, senior Guy Iradukunda captured the Noles first win of the day against Alex Philips of Georgia. Iradukunda took the match in straight sets 6-4, 6-0.
“Guy was dominant today,” said Hultquist. “He was able to keep a good opponent from Georgia from winning a game in the second set.”
Redshirt Senior and No. 50 ranked Lucas Poullain moved on to the second round after a tough three-set match against Chris Yun from tournament host, Georgia Tech. Lucas took the first set 6-4, before losing the second set in a tiebreaker, 7-6(4). Poullain pulled away for the third set win, 7-5.
“I was really pleased with Lucas’s performance today,” said Hultquist. “He came from behind to win the last three games of the match. It was a big win for him.”
Florida State freshman Chase Wood extended his five-match singles win streak to six after a three-set victory. Wood brought down Loic Blanco from Stetson 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. Wood takes on 11th seeded and No. 102 ranked Jan Zielinski of Georgia in the second-round tomorrow.
“Chase continued his winning ways today taking down a good opponent from Stetson,” said Hultquist.
Sophomore Alex Knaff defeated Lasse Muscheites of North Florida 7-6(3), 6-2. Knaff will take on ninth-seeded and No. 88 ranked McClain Kessler from the University of Florida in the second round.
In doubles, the Noles advanced two of their three doubles pairs to the round of 16. Iradukunda and Knaff came in as the sixth seed and received a bye in the first round. In the second round, the Seminoles duo won in dominating fashion, 6-1, over Hussey and Huynh of Georgia State.
Wood and Sophomore Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar received a bye into the second round as the tenth seed. They took on fellow Seminole teammates in the second round, seniors Terrance and Terrell Whitehurst. The Whitehurst brothers won their first-round match, 8-2 against Cerrini and Bates of FGCU. The brothers defeated their teammates Wood and Bhullar, 8-6, to advance to the round of 16.
“I am glad to see two of our doubles teams in the round of 16,” said Hultquist. “It continues to show our growth and progress.”
Play will continue tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. with the round of 32 and the round of 16 of singles and the round of 16 of doubles.
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