January 16, 2022

Men’s Tennis Defeats GSU 7-0

Box Score

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida State men’s tennis team completed a perfect opening weekend with a decisive 7-0 win over Georgia Southern Sunday. The Seminoles dropped just two sets and also won both tiebreakers, improving to 2-0 on the season. Four Seminoles moved to 2-0 on the year in singles play and FSU dropped just one match all weekend in doubles.

“It was a good weekend,” said FSU Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist. “We won a couple of really tight tiebreakers, so it could have been 5-2 but instead, it’s 7-0. We’re off to a good start. We have a long way to go and we have to get a few guys healthy and get ready for three matches next weekend.”

For the second consecutive match, the Seminoles were able to secure the doubles point. After Joshua Dous Karpenschif and Maks Silagy took the first match 6-2, GSU evened things up, leaving the point to the match-up on court one, which was tied at 5-5. Andreja Petrovic and Loris Pourroy were able to close out, taking the next two games for a 7-5 win and a Seminole lead.

“We showed good maturity at one doubles to comeback and close that doubles point out,” said Hultquist. “Doubles is usually pretty important and I thought it was today. Once we got the doubles, we jumped out early on four of the six singles and were able to control the match from there.”

Silagy put FSU up 2-0 cruising to a 6-2, 6-0 win on line six. Moments later, Dous Karpenschif brought the Seminoles one step closer to clinching the match with a 6-1, 6-2 win on court four. John Bernard clinched the match for FSU taking his match 6-2, 6-1 on line four.

“I was glad to see the freshmen dominate on 4, 5 and 6,” said Hultquist. “Really good effort for those guys to win and get off the court. Those were the first career wins for John and Maks and I thought they handled it really well. Maks didn’t even know he would play in until after the doubles. I was really pleased with how all the freshmen played.”

“It felt good to be out there and get a win in my first match as a Seminole,” said Bernard. “We are a young team and we are improving and everyone is going to get better throughout the season. Getting these wins early feels great.”

The Seminoles picked up their fifth point of the day at line two where Petrovic won 6-2, 6-2, pushing the Florida State lead to 5-0. Loris Pourroy added to the point total fighting back after dropping the first set 2-6 to win the second 6-2 and then the tiebreaker 11-9. The highlight of the match was a marathon tiebreaker on the final court. Youcef Rihane dropped his first set 6-4 and then evened things up taking the second set 6-1 before a marathon tiebreaker which he won 19-17

“That was quite the tiebreak at three,” said Hultquist. “With all those match points, I thought that was a really great battle for Youcef. It was good for him. He struggled early in the match and then came back and won having to push himself. I think that will help him down the road.”

The Seminoles will be back in action in Tallahassee next week. The Noles will play a doubleheader Friday, January 21, versus South Alabama at noon and Samford at 5:00. On Saturday, FSU will face Stetson at 2:00. All matches are scheduled to take place at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center.

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