TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- The Florida State men’s tennis team (5-1) defeated the Georgia Southern Eagles 7-0 inside the Indoor Tennis Facility on Sunday.
“We got stronger as the match went on, and I was pleased with that,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “I think we got better today and that’s what we’re looking for.”
After claiming the doubles point, No. 59 Guy Iradukunda defeated Georgia Sourthern’s JC Alcala 6-3, 6-1 for the first singles point of the dual match. No. 71 sophomore Aziz Dougaz followed suit with a 6-4, 6-1 defeat of Eddie Landin, and freshman Alex Knaff clinched the Seminole victory with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Stefano Di Aloy.
“I think last week was a wakeup call for us,” Dougaz said. “We worked really hard. We realized the points we need to improve and we came here with a different mentality like we were ready to fight on every point and show everyone that we are going to fight hard.”
The remaining three matches were played out as junior Terrance Whitehurst defeated Santiago Suarez 6-3, 6-0 and freshman Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar downed Diego Finkelstein 7-5, 6-0.
Junior Terrell Whitehurst played to a third-set tiebreak, where he bested Artemie Amari 3-6, 6-3, 10-5 to finish the 7-0 shutout victory for Florida State.
Next up, the Seminoles travel to Lubbock, Texas to take on No. 20 Mississippi State on January 28 as part of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The Noles will then take on either Iowa or host Texas Tech on January 29.
“I think we’ve got two really tough matches- Mississippi State is probably a top twelve to fifteen team in the country and Texas Tech is as well,” Hultquist said. “Our goal is go out there and qualify (for National Team Indoor Championships). That means we’re going to have to play really well in two consecutive days out there.”
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