Tallahassee, FL – The Seminole men’s tennis team opened ACC play on a frigid Friday night in Tallahassee. After dropping the doubles point and then falling behind 3-0, FSU fought back to tie the match at 3-3 before finally falling in the third set of the final match of the night. The loss dropped Florida State to 3-4 on the season.
“That was a tough loss,” said FSU Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist. “Clemson played inspired tennis. I thought they played really well.”
After a nearly three-hour battle, it was the opening 45 minutes that played heavily in the outcome. Chase Wood and Bryn Nahrung got FSU off to a 1-0 lead in doubles, which Clemson was able to even up. The Seminoles were unable to lock up the point though after falling 7-5 on court two.
“The doubles was pretty key,” said Hultquist. “We were right there to get the doubles point. We won on three and lost on a deuce point that would have made it five all on one and then on two we were 5-5 and up 40-15 and ended up dropping the serve. I think that was the key to the match.”
Loris Pourroy and Marcus Walters both continued their excellent starts to the season in singles as each improved to 5-2 with straight set wins. Richard Thongoana secured a point for FSU as well with his third win of the season, also in straight sets. Like doubles, the outcome came down to a winner-take-all in the final match of the night on court six. With the match even at 3-3, Andreja Petrovic fought back from a 3-6 loss in the first set by winning the second set 6-1. The sophomore couldn’t come all the way back though falling 3-6 in the final set.
“We won three matches pretty comfortably in singles,” said Hultquist. “Loris was excellent. After a slow start, he was dominant. Rich closed out in straight sets as did Marcus. It came down to Andy. I thought he competed well and fought back hard. The key point in the match was the deuce point that he lost at 2-3. He did a great job coming back after the first set and handled himself well but Clemson did a good job of finishing it off.”
The Seminoles will continue ACC play Saturday at 1:00 versus Georgia Tech. The match is scheduled for the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center where 116 fans can be accommodated and masks are required.
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