September 12, 2016 - by
Doubles Win, Knaff Undefeated in Puerto Rico

PALMAS DEL MAR, PUERTO RICO-The Florida State men’s tennis team capped off a successful weekend at the Puerto Rico Invite Sunday. On Saturday, the Seminoles continued their strong performance in doubles play as the team of redshirt junior Jose Gracia and junior Terrance Whitehurst earned a 6-3 win over Sam Phillip/Olivier Stuart of Mercer. Together, Gracia and Whitehurst went 3-0 on the weekend, capturing the doubles portion of the Invite for the ‘Noles.

“Being able to pick up where Terrance and I left off last season was a great feeling,” Gracia said. “Both of us feel confident enough that we can compete with the top teams and it showed this weekend. “

Seniors Jack Haffey and Jake Albo defeated Mercer’s Sam Fried and Sachin Khurana 6-4 and freshman Alex Knaff and junior Guy Iradukunda also won 7-5 over the Bears’ Ruben Vanoppen and Efstathios Tsirandis.

“I’m always pleased to win the doubles portion of the competition,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said Sunday, referring to Gracia and Whitehurst’s 3-0 record during the Invite.

In singles play, Gracia downed Mercer’s Nicolas Guillon 6-4, 6-4 while Knaff also continued his winning ways with a 6-2, 7-6 victory over Mercer’s Sam Phillip. Albo defeated Vanoppen 6-1,3-6,6-1 while Haffey downed Fried 6-2, 6-1.

Freshman Rana Roop Singh Bhullar bested Mercer’s Tsirandis 6-3, 6-3 while Iradukunda fought hard but fell 3-6, 6-2, 3-6 to Georgia’s Jan Zielinski. Whitehurst also fell to UGA’s Robert Loeb 6-4, 6-3.

After the Saturday morning competition, the team took to El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest system, for a bit of a team bonding exercise.

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