Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State men’s tennis fell to No. 13 Wake Forest 6-1 Sunday afternoon at the Indoor Tennis Facility. The Seminoles (13-6, 5-3 ACC) prevented the shutout with a straight-set win from senior Michael Rinaldi on Court 3 for FSU’s lone point. In doubles, Jose Gracia and Terrance Whitehurst beat Romain Bogaerts and Dennis Uspensky, 6-3, to even the doubles point at 1-all.
On Court 3, the Demon Deacons prevailed in a tiebreaker, 7-3, to clinch the doubles point and enter singles with a 1-0 lead.
Wake Forest continued its strong play in singles, opening first set leads on five courts. On Court 5, Wake’s Christian Seraphim knocked off Gracia, 6-0, 6-3, and Uspensky beat Whitehurst on Court 6, 6-2, 6-2, for a 3-0 lead.
The Demon Deacons clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-1 win on Court 2 from No. 36 Petros Chrysochos over No. 60 Marco Nunez.
After the match was clinched, Rinaldi’s 6-4, 6-3 win over Ho snapped the Demon Deacon’s eight-match shutout streak.
Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist:
“We were right there, up 5-4 (in doubles) and had a chance to win it, then up 6-5 and then the tiebreaker, so not winning it was big. Clearly Wake is a great team and they jumped on us in singles. Ben had his chance in the tiebreaker in the first. We had an opportunity with Aziz in the third set. I’m pleased with Mike getting the win.”
“North Carolina was a team like this. We got the quick start and hung there. We did the same thing against Virginia Tech. We have a lot of playing ahead of us and another tough weekend ahead of us next weekend.”
Senior Michael Rinaldi:
“It’s always tough when you lose the doubles point, especially when you lose it in a breaker like that. It’s especially tough when you’re playing a team as good as Wake. We could have come back stronger in singles, but that’s how it is sometimes.”
Florida State hits the road Friday for a 3:30 pm match at Notre Dame. They return home for a Sunday match against No. 14 Oklahoma at noon.
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#13 Wake Forest 6, #20 Florida State 1
March 27, 2016 – Indoor Tennis Facility, Tallahassee, Fla.
#16 Skander Mansouri (WF) def. #12 Benjamin Lock (FSU), 7-6 (4), 6-2
#36 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. #60 Marco Nunez (FSU), 6-4, 6-1
Michael Rinaldi (FSU) def. Jon Ho (WF), 6-4, 6-3
Romain Bogaerts (WF) def. Aziz Dougaz (FSU), 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Jose Gracia (FSU), 6-0, 6-3
Dennis Uspensky (WF) def. Terrance Whitehurst (FSU), 6-2, 6-2
#12 Mansouri/Seraphim (WF) def. #11 Lock/Nunez (FSU), 6-3
#48 Chrysochos/Ho (WF) def. #59 Dougaz/Rinaldi (FSU), 7-6 (3)
Gracia/Whitehurst (FSU) def. Bogaerts/Uspensky (WF), 6-3
Order of Finish – Singles: 5,6,2,3,4,1; Doubles 1,3,2