October 2, 2018 - by
Knaff Comes Up Just Short of Qualifying for the All-American Main Draw

TULSA, Okla. – Florida State men’s tennis junior Alex Knaff battled his way through the qualifying draw at the ITA All-American Championship but came just short of earning himself a position in the main draw.

In the first round, Knaff took down Bjorn Thomson of Texas Tech in straight sets. Knaff was down 4-1 in the first before storming back to take it 7-5. In the second set, he battled back and forth before taking a 4-3 lead and expanding that to a 5-3 lead. He took down Thomson 6-4 in the second set to move on to the second round.

In the second round, Knaff battled in a three-set match with Razvan Grigorescu of Nebraska-Omaha. Knaff lost the first set 7-5 after jumping out to a 3-1 lead. He then fell behind 3-0 in the second set before turning the match around and taking the second set 6-4 and then the third 6-3 to advance to the final round of qualifying.

Knaff battled in the first set against Jake DeVine of USC with a chance at the main draw on the line. He took the first set in a tiebreaker 7-6 and jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the second. DeVine forced a tiebreaker for the second straight set this time taking down Alex and forcing a third set. In the third set, Knaff came up short losing 6-2.

Redshirt senior Lucas Poullain will begin play in the main draw on October 4th.

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Singles Results

#89 Alex Knaff (Florida State University) def. Bjorn Thomson (Texas Tech) 7-5, 6-4

#89 Alex Knaff (Florida State University) def. Razuon Grigorescu (Nebraska-Omaha) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
Jake DeVine (Southern California) def. #89 Alex Knaff (Florida State University) 6-7 (4-7), 7-6, 6-2

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