December 7, 2016 - by
Iradukunda, Poullain Earn Huge Wins

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-  Florida State men’s tennis team continued the main singles draw of the Tallahassee Futures Tournament presented by Visit Tallahassee at the Indoor Tennis Facility, earning two big wins on Wednesday.

Junior Guy Iradukunda earned the biggest win by a Seminole so far, defeating Ryan Shane (USA) 7-6(3), 6-3 to move on in the main draw. Shane was the 2015 NCAA champion and a four-time All-American at Virginia, and last week won the $25k Waco Futures.

“It’s a great win that will really help me with my confidence,” Iradukunda said. “Getting that win on our home courts is a really good thing.”

Iradukunda will play second seeded Tim Rijthoven (NED) Thursday at 10:00 a.m. in the round of 16.

“Guy’s really good at sustaining, taking the punch from someone and putting the ball back,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “He maneuvers the ball around and he’s such a good athlete.”

The only thing bigger than earning his first ATP was the manner in which Iradukunda was able to do it, beating an accomplished collegiate player in a tournament where any win would be impressive for a current collegian.

In the late match, redshirt junior Lucas Poullain took Nathaniel Lammons (USA) to three sets and was able to come back to win 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 for the Seminoles’ second big win of the day.

Poullain will play Wil Spencer (USA) at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday.

“Putting our guys in position to play elite players only gives them confidence that they know they can get a win,” Hultquist said.

Contingent on when other matches finish, the doubles pair of Iradukunda and sophomore Aziz Dougaz will play the next round of the doubles draw no sooner than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Elsewhere singles, Dougaz fell in a hard-fought match 7-5, 6-2 to Japan’s Kaichi Uchida, while junior Terrance Whitehurst fell to Winston Lin (USA) 6-2, 6-3.

Associate head coach Ryler DeHeart won three matches in order to qualify for the main draw, but fell to JC Aragone (USA) 6-1, 7-5 on Wednesday.

There will be spectator seating on courts two and four for the main draws.

The finals will take place on December 10 (doubles) and December 11 (singles). All matches will be played at the Indoor Tennis Facility at 2566 Pottsdamer Rd., Tallahassee, Fla., 32310. The event is free to fans.

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