CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The No. 13 Florida State men’s tennis team (24-2, 8-1 ACC) improved to 8-1 in the ACC with a 6-1 win over Boston College (7-11, 0-9 ACC).
“Boston College played hard today,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “It has been a while since we played indoors but I thought our guys showed up and played well.”
The Seminoles fell behind 1-0 after losing their eighth doubles point this season. Redshirt senior Jose Gracia and senior Terrance Whitehurst gave the Noles a 1-0 advantage in doubles with an easy 6-0 win on court two. The Eagles bounced back and took the remaining two courts and the doubles point.
The Garnet and Gold quickly turned things around in singles winning all 6 courts for the fourth time this season. Sophomore Alex Knaff was the first Seminole to get on the board as he swept his opponent on court four with a 6-0, 6-0 win. Gracia gave Florida State their first lead of the match. He won the first set 6-4 and got off to a quick 3-1 lead in the second before finishing off his opponent 6-4 in the second set.
Redshirt senior Lucas Poullain gave Florida State a 3-1 lead with a three-set win on court two. Poullain won the first set 6-2 before losing the second 6-3. He was tied 2-2 in the third before winning four straight games on the way to his 20th win this spring. Senior Guy Iradukunda clinched his fourth match for the Seminoles on court one. He won the first set 6-4 and was down 1-3 to start the second set. He slowly fought back to tie it up at 4-4. He won the next two games to clinch his court 6-4 and the match for Florida State.
With the match clinched freshman Chase Wood and sophomore Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar were just getting started. Wood battled back from being down 3-0 to force a tiebreaker in the first set taking it 7-3. He got off to a 4-1 lead in the second set before taking it 6-2. Bhullar lost the first set 4-6 but came back to take the second set 6-1. Bhullar went on to take the third set tiebreaker 10-8.
“I thought we responded and played well having lost the doubles point,” said Hultquist. “I am pleased with the 6-1 win and now we have to get ready for our match against Notre Dame on Sunday.”
Florida State is back on the court at Notre Dame this Sunday, April 15th at 11:30 am.
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