March 4, 2022

29th-Ranked Men’s Tennis Downs No. 20 NC State

Tallahassee, FL – The No. 29 FSU men’s tennis team recorded a big ACC victory Friday night. The Seminoles took down No. 20 NC State 4-3 in a back-and-forth match that saw three singles matches go to a third set, of which FSU won two to clinch the win. Florida State is now 10-2 overall, 1-0 in the conference and a perfect 8-0 at home.

“That was a great college match,” said FSU Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist. “It was three-and-a-half hours of back-and-forth. They are a really good team and they have a lot of really good players. They are strong all the way through the line. It was a really good win for us and a great start to the ACC season.

“We are a young team. Today we played three freshmen and two sophomores. I really like how we are improving. We are getting better. It’s just the start of conference play but we are starting to compile wins.”

The doubles point was a battle as the Seminoles faced two nationally ranked pairs. Josh Dous-Karpenschif and Maks Silagy got FSU off to a 1-0 lead on line three with a 6-3 win. The Wolfpack evened it up on court one as the nation’s 51st-ranked pair got the win for NCST. On court two, Andy Petrovic and Youcef Rihane faced the nation’s No. 34 pair and took them to a tiebreaker before falling 6-7 (5-7).

Singles ended up being just as tight as doubles. Moving up to line two didn’t seem to faze Petrovic at all as he was the first off evening the match at 1-1 with a straight-set 6-4, 6-3 win over the ITA’s No. 101 singles player. The Wolfpack retook the lead with a win on line six, but Loris Pourroy continued his impressive dual match campaign with a 7-5, 6-1 win over the nation’s 84th-ranked singles player as he moved to 8-1 in duals evening the match at 2-2.

 

“I was really pleased with how our guys played at one and two,” said Hultquist. “They were able to get off quickly.”

The last three matches all went to a third set. The Wolfpack took the first of the three-set matches on court three to pull within one point of the victory at 3-2. It didn’t take long for the Seminoles to drawback to even at 3-3. Richard Thongoana bounced back after dropping his first set 5-7 to win the next two 6-3, 6-4 leaving the match up to court five where Dous-Karpenschif cruised in the third to secure the FSU win. The freshman won 7-6 (7-2), 2-6, 6-2 to clinch the match.

“I am most pleased with Rich,” said Hultquist. “He was down a set and playing against an opponent that was playing really well. He battled back in some tough games to close out. For him to get the break on a deuce point, he went for it on the 5-4, 30-40 point, and then he played a great point and finished it off. Then Josh being put in that position as a freshman with the match on the line, fortunately he had a little cushion, he had the lead but it was a great comeback for him after losing the second set. A lot of matches went back-and-forth. Sebastian battled really hard as well.”

The Seminoles continue ACC play Sunday hosting No. 8 Wake Forest. For more information on the Seminole Men’s Tennis program, please follow us on social at FSUMTennis (IG) and @FSU_MTennis (TW) and log on to Seminoles.com.

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