Tallahassee, FL – Tulane, which boasts the No. 40 and No. 53 singles players in the nation, came into Tallahassee and downed a shorthanded FSU men’s tennis team 4-0 Saturday in the Indoor tennis facility. Playing without its two ranked singles players, the Seminoles fell to 3-3 on the season while the Green Wave upped its record to 5-2.
Despite the score, the Seminoles showed well at lines one and two in singles play. With Loris Pourroy and Richard Thongoana playing up a line, both pushed their top 55 opponents. Pourroy cruised to a 6-1 opening set win versus the nation’s 40th-ranked player before dropping the final two sets 1-6, 2-6. Thongoana, facing the 53rd-ranked player, had a match point and was moving into a tiebreaker (6-4, 6-6) when the game came to an end. Andreja Petrovic was also in the lead in the third set (1-6, 6-4, 3-2) but wasn’t able to finish.
“We had especially good efforts from one and two,” said FSU Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist. “Rich (Thongoana) had a match point on his racquet there and didn’t get to finish. It was positive how Andy (Petrovic) bounced back at No. 4 and was up in the third set. Given how we are shorthanded I thought the effort was strong.”
Florida State had an opportunity in doubles as well. After dropping the first match, Pourroy and Marcus Walters won their match 6-4. On court two, Chase Wood and Bryn Nahrung came from 4-1 down to force a tiebreaker before falling 6-7 (3-7).
“I thought No. 1 doubles played really well today,” said Hultquist. “We competed really well at two doubles as well. Had we gotten the doubles point there was a path to get it done and we played pretty far from behind after that. A lot of good competitive play and I think we will be better for having played these matches. Heading into ACC play next week it is a positive.”
The Noles will open up ACC play next week at home. The conference slate opens Friday, February 19 with Clemson, which is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. start. Georgia Tech will then head to Tallahassee for a 1:00 p.m. game set for Sunday, February 21. Matches played at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center can accommodate 116 fans. If matches are moved indoors, no fans are permitted.
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