TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- The Florida State men’s tennis team (4-1) warmed up at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center only to move to the Indoor Tennis Facility at match time, where they defeated Florida Gulf Coast 7-0 and Florida A&M 4-0 on Friday.
“It’s a little bit different playing indoors- a little bit quicker, and I was glad to get the shutouts in both matches,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “I thought Florida Gulf Coast certainly had some close sets. They’re a very good NCAA tournament team.”
After relocating to the Indoor Tennis Facility, Florida State took the doubles point and never looked back. No. 59 junior Guy Iradukunda took court one 6-1, 6-0, freshman Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar won on court six 6-3, 6-2, followed by junior Jose Gracia, who clinched the match for the Noles with a 6-3, 6-2 victory on court four.
The rest of matches were played out, as redshirt junior Lucas Poullain took court three 6-4, 7-6(3) in a two-set tiebreak on court three, followed shortly by No. 71 sophomore Aziz Dougaz with a 6-3, 7-6(7) tiebreak win on court two. Junior Terrance Whitehurst closed out the match with a lengthy 6-0, 3-6, 7-6(3) victory on court five to complete the 7-0 sweep of the Eagles.
Against the Rattlers of Florida A&M, the Seminoles continued to dominate, winning the doubles matches almost simultaneously. Iradukunda/Dougaz won 6-3, Poullain/Gracia won 6-1, as did senior Jake Albo and freshman Alex Knaff to take the doubles point.
In singles play, Dougaz quickly took down Courage Okungbowa 6-2, 6-1. Bhullar dispatched August Waitman 6-1, 6-2, allowing Poullain to clinch the match with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Walner Espinoza to sweep the match and the day for the Seminoles.
“I was pleased with Rana. He got two wins today in singles,” Hultquist said. “Alex (Knaff) also had a good day; he earned two doubles wins and was up in the singles match when it stopped.”
Due to the likelihood of inclement weather, Sunday’s 11:00 a.m. match with Georgia Southern may be moved to the Indoor Tennis Facility located at 2566 Pottsdamer Rd., Tallahassee, FL, 32310. Updates on match venue will be issued via social media as they become available. Admission is free at both venues and fans are encouraged to come out and cheer on the Seminoles.
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