TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 30 Florida State Seminoles (14-8, 4-4 ACC) dropped only one set all day en route to a 7-0 shutout of the Boston College Eagles (4-13, 0-8 ACC) on Sunday afternoon at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
The win marks the ninth time this season that Florida State has shut out their opponent.
“I think over time we got a little bit more aggressive than they did.” Florida State head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “We came in and finished a couple sets off where we were down early, but we got the point that we were controlling points.”
The Seminoles got off to a fast start, taking the doubles point with a win on courts three and one. Junior Guy Iradukunda and senior Jack Haffey defeated Conor Mullins and Jeffrey Melvin of Boston College 6-2 on court three followed by No. 89 redshirt juniors Jose Gracia and Lucas Poullain downed Derek Austin/Hank Workman 6-4 to clinch the point.
In singles, senior Jake Albo heard his named called on court six, and did not disappoint as he defeated BC’s Mullins 6-2, 6-0 in straight sets to put the Seminoles up 2-0.
“It was nice to get back out there,” Albo said. “I do everything that I can, whether it’s on the court or off the court to support the guys, but it was definitely being out on the court it was nice to get to get the win and help the team that way too.”
No. 78 Iradukunda stepped into the top spot, and was right behind Albo in taking the straight set victory 6-2, 6-3 over Aiden McNulty.
On court three, Terrance Whitehurst fell behind early in the first set to BC’s Hank Workman, but rallied to win 7-5, 6-3 and clinch the Seminoles victory.
The rest of the courts were played out, as Terrell Whitehurst and freshman Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar clinched courts four and five at almost the exact same time after each winning first set tiebreaks.
Poullain’s match on court two went a third set, but was not far behind with a 3-6, 6-0, 7-5 victory to complete the 7-0 shutout of the Eagles.
FSU’s highest-ranked player, No. 71 sophomore Aziz Dougaz, along with freshman Alex Knaff, were absent from the match representing their respective nations in the Davis Cup, the World Cup of tennis.
With a 6-0, 6-3 doubles win on Sunday, Knaff helped lead Luxembourg to a 3-0 victory over Liechtenstein to advance out of Pool C. Dougaz went toe-to-toe with the No. 2 player in the ITA poll, Petros Chrysochos, falling 6-4, 7-6(2) but helping Tunisia advance out of the Group II playoffs with a 4-1 win over Cyprus.
The Seminoles hit the road again to North Carolina, where they will play at top-ranked Wake Forest on Friday March 14 at 4:00 p.m. before heading to NC State to face the Wolfpack on Sunday April 16 at 4:00 p.m.
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#30 Florida State 7, Boston College 0
1. Guy Iradukunda (FS) def. Aidan McNulty (BC) 6-2, 6-3
2. Lucas Poullain (FS) def. Derek Austin (BC) 3-6, 6-0, 7-5
3. Terrance Whitehurst (FS) def. Hank Workman (BC) 7-5, 6-3
4. Rana Roop Bhullar (FS) def. Kent Mukai (BC) 7-6 (7-2), 6-2
5. Terrell Whitehurst (FS) def. Alexander Chieffalo (BC) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
6. Jake Albo (FS) def. Conor Mullins (BC) 6-2, 6-0
1. Lucas Poullain/Jose Gracia (FS) def. Derek Austin/Hank Workman (BC) 6-4
2. Terrell Whitehurst/Terrance Whitehurst (FS) vs. Kent Mukai/Aidan McNulty (BC) 4-3, unfinished
3. Guy Iradukunda/Jack Haffey (FS) def. Conor Mullins/Jeffrey Melvin (BC) 6-2
Boston College 4-13 (0-8 ACC)
Florida State 14-8 (4-4 ACC); National ranking #30
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,1,3,5,4,2)