LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The No. 29 Florida State men’s tennis team (13-4, 3-1 ACC) dominated the Louisville Cardinals (11-4, 2-2 ACC) 4-0 on Friday evening at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.
The 29th-ranked Seminoles extended their winning streak to four matches in a row over rivals Florida, Clemson and Miami, and now over Louisville. Florida State won all but one set on the day in the dominating 4-0 victory.
“I thought our guys did a really good job today,” Florida State head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “I thought we competed well on the day.”
The Seminoles again won the doubles point, which they have won all but twice this season.
Leading 1-0, No. 125 junior Guy Iradukunda made quick work of Louisville’s Nicolas Rouanet and took court two 6-1, 6-1 in straight sets.
“We won doubles, which is always a good thing,” junior Guy Iradukunda said. “We were able to go into singles confident, and I finished singles quickly. We were ready to play really well.”
Redshirt junior Jose Gracia followed suit with a 6-3, 6-2 defeat of Ciro Lampasas on court four to put the Seminoles up 3-0.
With multiple courts approaching match point, redshirt junior Lucas Poullain was able to earn the clinch, 7-6(5), 6-2 over Parker Wynn on court three to seal the win for the Seminoles.
Like the earlier match between the Florida State and Louisville women’s teams, strong winds were a factor in the match, but the Noles were not phased in the dominant performance.
“It was a little windy, so that kind of threw off warmups and doubles,” Iradukunda said. “We had to adjust quickly. Doubles helps us again because we started with the lead and it takes the pressure off, especially having to adjust in singles.”
The nationally-ranked Seminoles now hold a 4-0 all-time record against the Cardinals. The teams only played once prior to UL’s admission to the Atlantic Coast Conference, a 7-1 Florida State victory back in 1987.
Poullain continues to lead the Noles in wins, holding a 12-3 record on court three. Poullain pairs with redshirt junior Jose Gracia for a 10-4 record in doubles.
Freshman Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar again played on court five, where he finished at 6-3, 6-5 going for the clinch. He continues to lead the Seminoles in winning percentage with a 10-1 record.
The brotherly pair of Terrance and Terrell Whitehurst George Hedley/Brandon Lancaster 6-3 for the pair’s seventh doubles pair of the year.
The Seminoles return home to take on UCF on Sunday. The Knights are coached by John Roddick, the elder brother of Andy Roddick and former head coach at Oklahoma. Roddick served as assistant coach at Florida State from 1999-2000.
A win over UCF would give the Seminoles a 5-0 regular season record against teams from Florida for the first time since 2007. Florida State is 10-0 all-time against the Knights.
“UCF is a really good team, they’ve brought in a bunch of transfers from around the country, it’ll be a tough match,” Hultquist said. “It’s a quick turnaround for us to travel tomorrow to come back home to play Sunday.”
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#29 Florida State 4, #34 Louisville Men’s Tennis 0
1. C. Morin-Kougoucheff (LOU-MT) vs. #52 Aziz Dougaz (FS) 6-7 (4-7), 4-5, unfinished
2. #125 Guy Iradukunda (FS) def. Nicolas Rouanet (LOU-MT) 6-1, 6-1
3. Lucas Poullain (FS) def. Parker Wynn (LOU-MT) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
4. Jose Gracia (FS) def. Ciro Lampasas (LOU-MT) 6-3, 6-2
5. George Hedley (LOU-MT) vs. Rana Roop Bhullar (FS) 3-6, 5-6, unfinished
6. Sean Donohue (LOU-MT) vs. Terrell Whitehurst (FS) 7-6, 2-2, unfinished
1. #22 Sean Donohue/Parker Wynn (LOU-MT) vs. #71 Aziz Dougaz/Guy Iradukunda (FS) 5-3, unfinished
2. Lucas Poullain/Jose Gracia (FS) def. C. Morin-Kougoucheff/Ciro Lampasas (LOU-MT) 6-3
3. Terrell Whitehurst/Terrance Whitehurst (FS) def. George Hedley/Brandon Lancaster (LOU-MT) 6-3
Florida State 13-4, 3-1 ACC; National ranking #29
Louisville Men’s Tennis 11-4, 2-2 ACC; National ranking #34
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,4,3)