Tallahassee, FL – The Seminoles’ path to victory Sunday afternoon came down to line two where Loris Pourroy was pursuing an upset of the nation’s 59th-ranked singles player. Pourroy took Georgia Tech’s Andres Martin to a tiebreaker in set three but came up just short as did the men’s tennis team, falling 4-3 to the Yellow Jackets (6-3, 1-1).
“It was a great college match today,” said FSU Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist. “Lots of momentum back-and-forth but ultimately it came down to a couple let cords and those went Georgia Tech’s way. It was a really good battle at No. 2 singles to decide the match.”
The Seminoles (3-5, 0-2) broke through in doubles to start the match. FSU took the point winning at both lines one and two, which included a huge upset by Alex Knaff and Sebastian Arcila. The pair took down the nation’s 32nd-ranked doubles team 7-6 (7-2) to secure the point for the Noles.
“I thought we played better doubles than we had previously this year,” said Hultquist. “We got the point there, which was a good start.”
The Noles relied on their three most consistent players to try to get to four points and they almost came through yet again. Richard Thongoana won in straight sets 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) at line three and Marcus Walters came storming back at line five after dropping the first set to win his match 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. That left Pourroy, who has been playing as well as anyone on the roster, to pull the massive upset to secure the win. Pourroy won the first set 6-4, dropped the second 1-6 and then forced the third set tiebreaker before falling 6-7 (6-8) to No. 59 Martin.
“I thought Loris played really as did Martin from Georgia Tech,” said Hultquist. “It was high-level tennis. Rich and Marcus continued their good play and they both went undefeated in singles this weekend. They continue to play well. We look forward to continuing to get healthier and I think we’ll play better as the year goes on.”
The Seminole will get a week off from ACC play as they are set to host Tennessee Tech for a doubleheader Friday. The matches are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center.
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