TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Florida State men’s tennis team began their 2017 fall season Friday at the Crimson Tide Four-In-The-Fall event. Both doubles pairs advanced to in the winner’s bracket, as well as redshirt senior Jose Gracia who advanced to the semifinals.
“I was very pleased overall with the team’s performance here at Alabama,” said associate coach Ryler DeHeart. “It was a very hot day and our guys showed some grit in the most important areas of preparation and effort. They all competed hard until the end today.”
The duo of Gracia and freshman Chase Wood as well as seniors Terrance and Terrell Whitehurst both came out on top in the first round of doubles. Gracia and Wood dominated in their first match together as they took down the team of Grant Stuckey from Alabama and Chase Schupp of Tulane, 8-1.
“Jose (Gracia) went undefeated on the day and really helped his freshman partner, Chase, get his first official college win in doubles,” said DeHeart.
The Whitehurst brothers fell behind 3-0 to Jochen Bertsch and Jake Van Emburgh of Oklahoma. The duo turned it around and came out on top, 8-5.
“It was good to see the Whitehurst twins storm back from a slow start to take a convincing win over a good Oklahoma team,” said DeHeart.
The two Seminole pairs will continue on Saturday in the winner’s bracket of the Crimson and Houndstooth doubles draws.
Gracia capitalized off of the momentum he had from his dominating doubles win and took it to the singles court. In a tough battle, he came out on top 6-1, 6-2. Terrance Whitehurst followed along as he too won his match in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1.
In Wood’s first collegiate singles match he battled, but came up short to Eric Rutledge of rice, 7-6(5), 6-2. Terrell Whitehurst battled through a three set match against Kai Lemke of Memphis. Whitehurst took the first set 6-2 before losing the second by the same score of 6-2. He came back in the third set to win 6-4.
Gracia continued his winning ways in the second round. He was down 5-2 in the first set against Memphis’s Jan Pallares, but quickly turned it around to win 7-6(2). In the second set he took down Pallares 6-3 to move on to the semifinals of the Houndstooth draw.
After cramping in his first match Wood came back to take the first set of his second match 6-3. He lost his second and third sets 6-4, 6-1.
Terrance Whitehurst jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in his second round match, but could not hold the lead as he lost the first set 6-4. The second set ended the same way with another 6-4 loss.
Terrell Whitehurst began his final match of the day with a 6-2 win in the first set over Ferran Calvo of Oklahoma. In the second set, Whitehurst fell 6-2. In his final set of the day Whitehurst once again fell 6-2.
“There is much to build on and learn from moving forward,” said DeHeart. “Chase and the rest will certainly have more opportunities tomorrow and Sunday.”
Play will begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET with two rounds of doubles with one round of singles to follow.
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