TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 37 Florida State men’s tennis team (9-3) fell 4-3 in a thrilling match against the Texas A&M Aggies (5-3) on Sunday at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
“We knew it was going to be a battle, and we had a shot,” Florida State head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “I thought we had a good overall weekend. I’m disappointed we lost this one but it was a good win Friday night and we’ve got some things we’ve got to work on we’ll address those.”
As they have all but once this season, the Seminoles took the doubles point as sophomore Aziz Dougaz and junior Guy Iradukunda took court one 6-3 over Texas A&M’s Arthur Rinderknech/Valentin Vacherot. The Aggies took court two 6-4, but juniors Terrance Whitehurst and Terrell Whitehurst defeated Jordi Arconada/Max Lunkin 6-4 to grab the doubles point.
In singles play, redshirt junior Lucas Poullain continued his strong run on court three, downing Lunkin 6-2, 6-2 in straight sets. Poullain won both singles matches on the weekend to continue to lead the Seminoles with a 9-1 singles record.
“Playing at the third spot, I’m confident,” Poullain said. “I know I have to win most of my matches this year, so I’m happy that I was able to do that this weekend.”
Freshman Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar suffered his first loss of his Seminole career, falling 6-3, 6-2 to TAMU’s Hady Habib on court six.
No. 94 Dougaz faced No. 16 Rinderknech on court one and was unable to get the win, falling 6-2, 6-2. No. 84 Iradukunda took down TAMU’s AJ Catanzariti 6-4, 6-4 to put the Seminoles ahead 3-2.
Unfortunately, it was not to be for the Noles as Terrance Whitehurst fell 6-4, 7-5 on court five to tie the match 3-3, and redshirt junior Jose Gracia played well but lost in three sets 7-5, 1-6, 1-6 to seal the 4-3 victory for the Aggies.
“(Poullain and Iradukunda) were great. Guy went 4-0 on the weekend and Lucas went undefeated in singles,” Hultquist said. “For those guys playing high in the lineup, for Lucas basically to dominate a really good player today, clearly those guys had great weekends. To win in this sport, you’ve got to have at least four people play really well, we’ve got two of them that played unbelievable this weekend.”
This weekend’s matches were the first two of five home matches to be carried on ACC Network Extra- the April 7 match v. Notre Dame, the April 21 match v. No. 1 Virginia, and the April 23 match v. Virginia Tech will also be broadcast. The Seminoles have seven total matches that will be carried, as the March 10 match v. No. 10 Florida at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. and the March 24 match at Louisville will also be broadcast, making the Seminoles one of the most visible college tennis programs in the nation.
The nationally-ranked Seminoles are now headed on the road to Atlanta, Ga., where they open conference play at No. 14 Georgia Tech on Sunday, March 5 at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex.
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