Tallahassee, Fla. – After an emotional win Friday night at Notre Dame, the FSU men’s tennis team fell 4-0 Sunday against No. 18 Oklahoma (11-7) at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. It was the first loss at Speicher this season and second in Tallahassee this season. After dropping the doubles point, the Seminoles (14-7) came out strong in singles, winning the first set on three courts.
FSU could not sustain the momentum, however, and Oklahoma won a pair of straight-set matches, Andre Biro 6-4, 6-3 over Terrance Whitehurst on Court 6 and No. 47 Alex Ghilea clinched against Michael Rinaldi on Court 3, 7-5, 6-4.
On Court 2, FSU’s Marco Nunez, ranked No. 60 in the ITA standings, won the first set 6-4 before dropping the final two, 6-1, 6-2, against No. 91 Spencer Papa.
In the remaining unfinished matches, No. 12 Benjamin Lock was on serve in the second set after dropping the first; Aziz Dougaz was up a break in a third set; and Jose Gracia was down a break in the third set.
Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist:
“Oklahoma came out really strong in doubles. That’s usually a strength of ours and they beat us pretty good at No. 1 and 2 and really gained momentum of the match. We did a great job coming out first sets in singles, getting in position to get more than three. We had set point at 1 and 3 singles. If we convert those, the match would have gone on and the score would have shown either our way or at least closer.”
On playing Friday on the road and Sunday at home:
“It’s difficult, but they’re playing on the road too. They had to play Friday and come up here. It was a long match Friday, a great win for us and unbelievable experience for our guys to be down match point in two different matches in a difficult place to win.”
On the difficulty of winning second sets this season:
“If you look at the second sets, we didn’t win any second sets today. The three we won the first set, we didn’t win the second and that changes the momentum of the match. We were battling hard and had some opportunities. We were up at different stages, and with no-ad tennis there’s up and downs.”
– It was the fifth consecutive season that Oklahoma and Florida State have played. The Sooners’ are 4-1 in those matchups, and have won the final three 4-0 after FSU’s 4-3 win in 2013.
The Seminoles final home weekend of the season begins Friday, April 8, against Louisville. On Sunday, FSU will recognize its three seniors at 12 p.m. against NC State before finishing the home schedule with a 5:00 p.m. match against Bethune-Cookman that afternoon. All matches are scheduled for the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
For more information on Florida State tennis, check Seminoles.com for the latest news and scheduling information, or keep up with the team on social media through Twitter (@FSU_MTennis), Facebook (/FSUMTennis), and Instagram (@FSU_Mtennis).
#18 Oklahoma def. #22 Florida State, 4-0
April 3, 2016 – Scott Speicher Tennis Center, Tallahassee, Fla.
#12 Benjamin Lock (FSU) vs. #32 Axel Alvarez Llamas (OU), 6-7 (7), 4-4, dnf.
#91 Spencer Papa (OU) def. #60 Marco Nunez (FSU), 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
#47 Alex Ghilea (OU) def. Michael Rinaldi (FSU), 7-5, 6-4
Aziz Dougaz (FSU) vs. Florin Bragusi (OU), 6-2, 4-6, 4-3, dnf.
Jose Gracia (FSU) vs. Maxime Mora (OU), 6-4, 4-6, 2-4, dnf.
Andre Biro (OU) def. Terrance Whitehurst (FSU), 6-4, 6-3
Andrew Harris/Llamas (OU) def. #11 Lock/Nunez (FSU), 6-2
Ghilea/Papa (OU) def. #59 Dougaz/Rinaldi (FSU), 6-2
Gracia/Whitehurst (FSU) vs. Biro/Mora (OU), 3-4, dnf.
Order of Finish – Singles: 6,2,3; Doubles 1,2