October 24, 2016 - by
Iradukunda Wins ITA Singles Title

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s tennis team concluded play at the 2016 ITA Southeast Regional Championships presented by Oracle at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on Monday, as junior Guy Iradukunda defeated Georgia’s No. 16-ranked Wayne Montgomery 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 to claim the Southeast Regional singles championship.

“One of the things that Guy did, he just got better every match.” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “He knocked off really good players, and in the finals Wayne (Montgomery) is one of the best players in the country- for him to take him down on home courts (was a great effort.)”

Iradukunda becomes just the second Seminole to win the ITA Regional singles title, joining Clint Bowles in 2009.

“I’m really happy that I won. It means everything,” Iradukunda said.

In the semifinals Sunday, Iradukunda downed No. 81 Walker Duncan of Georgia 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the final.

Iradukunda defeated No. 31 Piotr Lomacki of Miami in three sets 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the quarterfinal round.

In the round of 32 Saturday, Iradukunda bested No. 76 Chase Perez-Blanco of Florida 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.

In the first round of singles play, Iradukunda came back from down match point to win 7-5, 2-6, 7-6(2) over Georgia State’s Sebastian Acuna, and never looked back from there.

With the region championship, Iradukunda will play in the exclusive field of only 32 players at the 2016 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.

“For him to come out of here is a great opportunity,” Hultquist said. “We’re looking forward to that in two weeks.

“It’s a great honor to be going there.”

The USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, considered the second leg of the collegiate Grand Slam, will be held Nov. 3-6 in Flushing Meadows, NY.

Last season, then-senior Benjamin Lock advanced to the Indoor Championships where he won the singles backdraw.

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