HONOLULU, Hawai’i – The No. 21 ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (1-0) got their season started on the right note with a 7-0 domination of the University of Hawai’i (0-1).
“The season got started really quick,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “We did not have much time to practice and we started quicker than I would normally like. We got off to a 1-0 start and hopefully, we can build on that and get better.”
It all got started on the doubles courts as the Seminoles swept the warriors. Redshirt senior Guy Iradukunda and junior Aziz Dougaz earned the first doubles point for the Garnet and Gold as they earned a 6-4 victory over Blaz Seric and Lucas Labrunie of Hawai’i. Redshirt seniors Jose Gracia and Lucas Poullain clinched the doubles point as they took down Fabian Woehrl and Felix Albert 6-3. Senior twins, Terrance and Terrell Whitehurst capped off the doubles competition with the Seminoles third win, 6-3.
“It was nice to get all three of the doubles matches,” said Hultquist. “I thought Hawai’i did a pretty good job of hanging in there. We ended up serving out all three of them. They were tight sets, 6-3, 6-3 and 6-4.”
Florida State took their momentum from the doubles round and brought it into singles play as they swept the singles competition.
“We had a really good start in singles,” said Hultquist. “Actually, won the first sets fairly handily. I thought Hawai’i did a nice job of staying in the match, winning two of the second sets and being up a break in the third one. I thought Hawai’i fought hard and has a good team. They clearly didn’t go away, and it got harder in the second sets.”
Poullain got things started as he ran through his opponent 6-2, 6-3. Iradukunda followed him up with a 6-4, 6-3 victory to give the Noles a 3-0 advantage over the Sandbows. Freshman Chase Wood earned his first match-clinching point as he took down Fabian Woehrl on court five.
The Garnet and Gold did not stop there as sophomore Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar earned a 6-4, 7-6 victory on court six. The Noles pulled ahead 6-0 when Dougaz fought to a three-set, 6-1, 6-7, 6-3 victory. Gracia capped off the sweep for the Garnet and Gold with a three-set victory of his own.
“I was pleased that we got all wins, but tomorrow is another day and we are going to have new match-ups,” said Hultquist.
The Seminoles will take on the University of Hawai’i once again tomorrow at 4 p.m. ET and will cap off their trip to Hawai’i with a match against Texas Tech on Monday at 5 p.m. ET.
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#21 Florida State def. Hawai’i
UH Tennis Complex (Honolulu, O‘ahu)
January 5, 2018
1. #8 Jose Gracia/Lucas Poullain (FSU) def. Fabian Woehrl/Felix Albert (UH) 6-3
2. Aziz Dougaz/Guy Iradukunda (FSU) def. Blaz Seric/Lucas Labrunie (UH) 6-4
3. Terrance Whitehurst/Terrell Whitehurst (FSU) def. Eric Kenneth/Aleksa Lazarevic (UH) 6-3
1. #22 Guy Iradukunda (FSU) def. Blaz Seric (UH) 6-4, 6-3
2. Aziz Dougaz (FSU) def. Felix Albert (UH) 6-1, 6-7, 6-3
3. #24 Lucas Poullain (FSU) def. Lucas Labrunie (UH) 6-2, 6-3
4. Jose Gracia (FSU) def. Aleksa Lazarevic (UH) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
5. Chase Wood (FSU) def. Fabian Woehrl (UH) 6-3, 7-5
6. Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar (FSU) def. Tristan Martins (UH) 6-4, 7-6
Doubles: 2, 1, 3
Singles: 4, 1, 5*, 6, 2, 4