Tallahassee, Fla.- The Florida State men’s tennis team advances to 4-0 on the year with a 5-2 win against South Alabama on Friday at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center.
“I thought we played really great doubles today,” said Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist. “To dominate all three doubles was for me, a highlight of the day. I felt like a turning point in the match was Loris’ (Pourroy) tiebreaker. When he won that first set tiebreaker, I felt like it helped us re-gain momentum. South Alabama is a very good team, so I think it was a good win over a good team.”
The Seminoles jumped out of the gate hot to take the doubles point from the Jaguars. Sophomores Bryn Nahrung and Richard Thongoana earned the first win of the day on court three (6-1). Senior Alex Knaff and junior Sebastian Arcila were not far behind as they finished on court one with a 6-1 victory to clinch the doubles point.
In singles, No. 92 ranked senior Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar made quick work of South Alabama’s Collard winning 6-4, 6-2 on court five. Pourroy pushed the Seminoles closer to a win after taking the first set tie break 7-6 (6-5) and then winning the second set, 6-3. On court three, Arcila lead Florida State to victory with an exciting 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) win.
“This helps us going into our Sunday match against Mississippi State who is one of the best teams in the country,” said Hultquist. “We have an opportunity to get a great crowd out here supporting the team, so it should be an exciting match.”
The Garnet and Gold will be back at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center this Sunday (Jan. 19) to take on No. 21 Mississippi State at 1:00 p.m.
Noles in the Polls
The Seminoles have one ranked singles player in senior Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar, who comes into the season ranked No. 92 in the nation.
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Florida State University 5, South Alabama 2
Florida State University 4-0
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (5,4,3,1,2,6)