Tallahassee, Fla. – The 29th-ranked Seminole men’s tennis team beat a ranked SEC opponent for the second consecutive match, this time a 6-1 winner over No. 61 Alabama Friday night at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. Florida State won the doubles point for the sixth time this year, and used wins from seniors Marco Nunez and Michael Rinaldi, and sophomore Terrance Whitehurst, to clinch the match.
In doubles, Florida State won all three matches. The senior duo of Benjamin Lock and Nunez won 6-0 on Court 1 to remain unbeaten in doubles on the year. Terrance and Terrell Whitehurst won their first doubles match of the year, 6-4, and freshman Aziz Dougaz and Rinaldi won simultaneously by an identical score on Court 3.
With a 1-0 lead heading into singles, the Seminoles clinched the match with ease. Nunez was the first off the court with a 6-1, 6-2 win over No. 106 Korey Lovett. Terrance Whitehurst followed with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Spencer Richey, and Michael Rinaldi won 6-2, 6-1 over former Seminole Grayson Goldin.
With the match clinched, Lock and Terrell Whitehurst won matches to secure the 6-1 victory, while Dougaz fell in three sets for his first loss of the young season.
Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist:
“It was a lot of fun tonight playing on ESPN3. We had a terrific crowd with the Golden Spear club seating and terrific support from the sororities on campus. Our guys love playing when we have a huge crowd like we did tonight. I was pleased with how we had three dominating matches in Marco, Terrance, and Michael. They set the stage winning the first set and closing their matches out. We’ll look back on this match and see Alabama as a very good team down the road. It was a very good night for us in that we played well and we’ve beaten two SEC teams in a row. Those are good teams and we’re building our resume. We look to build the momentum Sunday against a very good Troy team.”
On Terrance Whitehurst:
“Terrance is undefeated for the spring. He’s worked really hard on his game and improved his serve. His biggest thing is competing hard. He’s a different player than a year ago, staying focused on his match. It’s always fun because he has a good time and brings a lot of energy.”
Senior Marco Nunez:
“We prepared really well for this team. Our coaches did a good job to get us focused for this match and the tactics and game plan for this match was assertive.”
Florida State improved to 2-0 against SEC teams this season after a 4-1 win over No. 29 Mississippi State this past Sunday.
The win was No. 998 in program history.
The Seminoles trail the all-time series with Alabama, 14-11, but have won two consecutive.
#29 Florida State will face #68 Troy Sunday, January 31, in Tallahassee. Florida State enters the match with a 9-0 all-time record against the Trojans, including a pair of wins a season ago.
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No. 29 Florida State 6, No. 61 Alabama 1
January 29, 2016 – Scott Speicher Tennis Center, Tallahassee, Fla.
#15 Benjamin Lock (FSU) def. #66 Mazen Osama (UA), 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-5)
#77 Marco Nunez (FSU) def. #106 Korey Lovett (UA), 6-1, 6-1
#123 Becker O’Shaughnessey (UA) def. Aziz Dougaz (FSU), 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (11-9)
Michael Rinaldi (FSU) def. Grayson Goldin (UA), 6-2, 6-1
Terrell Whitehurst (FSU) def. Danny Kerznerman (UA), 7-5, 7-5
Terrance Whitehurst (FSU) def. Spencer Richey (UA), 6-0, 6-3
Lock/Nunez (FSU) def. Lovett/Osama (UA), 6-0
#55 Whitehurst/Whitehurst (FSU) def. Richey/Matthew Rossouw (UA), 6-4
Dougaz/Rinaldi (FSU) def. Goldin/O’Shaughnessey (UA), 6-4