March 11, 2022

Duke Edges 17th-Ranked Men’s Tennis 4-3

Tallahassee, FL – The 17th-ranked FSU men’s tennis team dropped an epic college tennis match Friday night. The Seminoles fell 4-3 to No. 40 Duke in a seesaw battle that came down to a third set on the final court. The Seminoles (10-4, 1-2) fought back from 2-1 down to take the lead 3-2 but couldn’t find one more point on the final two courts.

“I thought this was a great college match,” said FSU Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist. “I thought we got off to a little bit of a slow start. I was pleased with the way some of our guys stepped it up in the second sets. Everyone is good in the ACC and we are going to have another battle Sunday against North Carolina.”

The Seminoles fell down early after dropping the doubles point. Duke went up 1-0 with a win on line three. Maks Silagy and Josh Dous-Karpenschif evened things up on two with a 6-3 win. That left the decision to court one where the Blue Devils took the match and the point.

“Losing No. 1 doubles was crucial,” said Hultquist. “We had a 4-1 lead and they came back and won it. I think that was a key point.”

Youcef Rihane evened things up at 1-1 with a win on court five. Moments later Duke went right back in front closing out the point on line six then just as Duke went up FSU tied it again. Joshua Dous-Karpenschif won 6-1, 6-3 on line four bringing the match down to a best 2-out-of-3 on lines 1-3.

Loris Pourroy put FSU in front for the first time in the match. The junior, ranked 82nd in the most recent ITA rankings, improved to 9-2 on the year on line one with a 6-2, 6-4 victory. This time it was Duke’s turn to even things up getting the point on line three leaving the deciding point to court two with the match tied 3-3. Andy Petrovic dropped his first set on two but fought back to push it to a third before falling 2-6, 6-1, 4-6.

“We kind of dominated one, four and five but we needed one more,” said Hultquist. “I thought the level of effort was really high at two. I thought Andy did a great job getting it into a third set. He did a great job getting it to 4-4. He had a chance in that 4-4 game but his opponent played some good points to close it out.”

The Seminoles continue ACC play Sunday hosting No. 31 North Carolina. 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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