ATHENS, Ga. – The Florida State men’s tennis team came away with eight wins on day one of the ITA Southeast Regional as they earned five singles wins and three doubles wins.
The day began as freshman Bryn Nahrung redeemed himself in the consolation qualifying bracket with a three-set win. He took down Pablo Aycart Joya of Miami 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8).
In the singles main draw, the Seminoles went 4-2. Junior Alex Knaff got things started with a straight-set win over Brian Berdusco of Florida (6-2, 6-2). Freshman Richard Thongoana followed that up with a win of his own in three sets, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, against Francisco Bastias of Miami. Junior Enzo Le Seguillon kept the winning going as he took down Roberts Grinvalds of Georgia State in three sets (6-7, 6-2, 6-4). Sophomore Chase Wood earned the fourth singles win for the Garnet and Gold with a hard-fought three-set win over Mehdi Laalej of FAU (6-2, 3-6, 6-3).
Sophomore Sebastian Arcila and junior Rana Bhullar were the only two singles losses of the day for the Seminoles. Arcila fell to No. 92 Borjan Jankulovski of Miami 6-2, 6-1 and Bhullar lost to Oliver Stuart of Mercer 6-2, 6-2.
Florida State went 3-1 in doubles. Freshman Nahrung/Thongoana lost in the round of 64 to Ramirez/Sakalauskas (FGCU) 8-6 but were the only Florida State doubles casualty. Bhullar/Wood won both of their doubles matches. In the round of 64, they defeated Duarte/Von Winning (UNF) 8-4 and in the second round took down Nantes/Tebet (FGCU) 8-1. After a bye in the first round, Arcila/Knaff won their second round match 8-3 over Sidney/Berkisoglu (FAU)
The two regional finalists will earn an automatic bid into the Oracle/ITA National Fall Championships in Surprise, Ariz.
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Sunday, Oct. 21
8:00 a.m. Singles Consolation Round 1
9:30 a.m. Main Draw Singles Round 2
followed by Singles Consolation Round 2
followed by Main Draw Singles Round 3
followed by Main Draw Doubles Round 3
Monday, Oct. 22
10 a.m. Main Draw Singles Quarterfinals
Singles Consolation Quarterfinals
followed by Main Draw Singles Semifinals
Singles Consolation Semifinals
followed by Main Draw Doubles Quarterfinals
Tuesday, Oct. 23
9 a.m. Main Draw Singles Final
Singles Consolation Final
ASAP Main Draw Doubles Semifinals
followed by Main Draw
Tournament Format Notes…
– No-ad scoring in both singles and doubles
– In doubles competition, matches prior to the semifinals will consist of an 8-game pro set (tiebreaker at 7-all), with the semifinals and finals doubles matches consisting of two out of three sets to 6, with a match tiebreak in lieu of the third set.
Competing Schools (2018 Final Ranking)
Central Florida (44)
Florida Atlantic (61)
Florida A&M (NR)
Florida Gulf Coast (NR)
Florida State (13)
Georgia Southern (NR)
Georgia State (63)
Georgia Tech (68)
Kennesaw State (NR)
North Florida (NR)
South Florida (62)