WACO, Texas – The No. 21 ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (9-1) suffered their first loss of the season in the championship match of the ITA Kickoff Weekend to Baylor 4-1.
“I thought Baylor played really well today,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist.
The Seminoles got off to a tough start, losing just their second doubles point all season. On court one, senior Guy Iradukunda and junior Aziz Dougaz were the first to go down as they lost 6-1. Redshirt seniors Jose Gracia and Lucas Poullain, as well as seniors Terrance and Terrell Whitehurst, were both in battles on courts two and three. Gracia and Poullain fell 6-4 while the Whitehurst twins were still playing.
“They won all the crucial points in doubles and that is what put them over the top,” said Hultquist.
The Seminoles won two first sets in singles with Iradukunda and Gracia grabbing one each. Iradukunda went on to win Florida State’s only point with a 6-2, 6-4 win on court two. Dougaz was the first Seminole to fall in doubles as he lost on court one 6-2, 6-1. Knaff fell on court five 6-2, 6-1. Poullain was the final straw as he lost on court three 6-2, 6-4.
“We had a very good start to singles,” said Hultquist. “We were up on two courts and were even on three others.”
“I was very pleased with Guy getting a straight set win against a very good player. Jose played very well as well and I thought he had a great chance to win.”
The Seminoles now look forward to next week as they take on Florida in the College MatchDay event at the USTA National Center in Lake Nona, Fla. on Saturday, February 3 at 7 p.m.
“I am disappointed we are not going to Seattle, but Baylor played really well today,” said Hultquist.
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Florida State vs Baylor
Jan 28, 2018 at Waco, Texas
(Hurd Tennis Center)
#11 Baylor 4, #21 Florida State 1
Florida State 9-1; National ranking #21
Baylor 4-0; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,1,2,3)
ITA Kick-Off Weekend Championship
Hosted by Baylor University
Winner advances to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships