Tallahassee, FL – The Florida State men’s tennis team moved into the winner’s bracket at the ITA Kickoff Weekend regional hosted by the University of Florida with a 4-0 win over UNC Wilmington Saturday. The Seminoles moved to 6-0 on the season and will now play the winner of the Florida/Princeton match tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.
“We got off to a nice start today,” said FSU Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist. “You know we fell behind in one doubles and were able to win that match. We had a really nice performance at number two doubles. Then we had really good starts to the singles.”
After dropping the first doubles match on line three, the Noles stormed back taking matches on lines one and two to secure the doubles point and a 1-0 lead. Andy Petrovic and Youcef Rihane evened things at 1-1 with a 6-3 win. Loris Pourroy and Sebastian Arcila then clinched the doubles point with a 6-3 win of their own.
Playing indoors, only three courts were available so Pourroy, Petrovic and Arcila looked to close out the match and that’s just what they did. Arcila was the first off on three with a 6-3, 6-2 win. Petrovic followed putting FSU up 3-0 winning 6-2, 6-4 on line two. Pourroy wrapped it up for the Seminoles moving to 5-0 on the season with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 victory.
“I think the turning point of the singles was when Loris was facing a triple-set point and came back to win that set,” said Hultquist. “That really gave us some momentum. All three of those guys carried on to win the second set. Loris really stepped it up from being down in the first and second set. It was a really good job by Seb to get off quick and for Andy as well.”
The Noles will wrap up ITA Kickoff Weekend play tomorrow versus the winner of No. 3 Florida and Princeton at 2:00 p.m. For the most updated 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.