TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s tennis team had a good fall showing as they garnered a combined .525 singles winning percentage and a .609 doubles winning percentage, and one championship. The Seminoles finished the fall with one singles player ranked in the ITA end of fall rankings.
“We had a mixture of playing collegiate tournaments and professional tournaments this fall and certainly we had a couple of professional wins with Aziz winning two singles and a doubles tournament this fall,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “Lucas made some good runs, getting his ranking up to 1138. We have picked up over 200 ATP points this past year as a team and we have to be proud of that.”
Seniors Aziz Dougaz and Lucas Poullain both had impressive pro tennis showings this past summer and fall. Dougaz has gone 26-11 in singles and 11-7 in doubles at pro tournaments since the 2018 spring season has ended. He has also won two singles titles and doubles title en route to a singles career high world ranking of 481.
Poullain earned 18 pro singles wins and qualified for the main draw in six tournaments this fall. He also participated in the main draw of the ITA All-American Championships, in which he went 1-1, making it to the round of 32.
“We made some good runs in collegiate tournaments as well with Alex and Sebastian qualifying for Fall Championships in doubles,” said Hultquist. “Rana had some good wins as well, making it all of the way to the final in the back draw of the Regional and Richard had some good wins over top players. We did some good things this fall and look forward to starting in the spring.”
The Garnet and Gold had three student-athletes with a winning record led by Enzo le Seguillon with seven wins, junior Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar with five and junior Alex Knaff with four.
Le Seguillon had a stellar fall campaign in his first semester on campus. He led the team with a 7-3 singles record that culminated with a back draw championship at the Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Invitational.
Bhullar had a nice fall to begin his junior season as he made it to the consolation finals of the ITA Southeast Regional. His singles performance in the fall helped him garner a ranking of 84 to end the fall. It was the first time in his career that he has been ranked. Bhullar had a nice doubles performance at regionals as well winning two of his three matches with partner Chase Wood.
Knaff had a steady fall finishing with a 4-2 singles record and a 5-2 doubles record. He was one match short of advancing to the main draw of the ITA All-American Singles Championship. At the ITA Southeast Regional, Knaff made it to the singles round of 16 and the doubles finals with partner Sebastian Arcila.
After not playing much last spring, Arcila had an impressive fall in doubles, finishing 7-4. He began the season making it to the consolation finals of the Bedford Cup with partner Richard Thongoana. He turned that into a doubles run at Regionals with partner Alex Knaff. The Seminole duo made a run to the finals before falling in straight sets. That run was good enough to qualify the pair for the ITA Fall Championships, in which they made it to the second round.
Sophomore Chase Wood and freshman Richard Thongoana teamed up to get the Seminoles lone title of the fall at the Dick Vitale Invitational. Wood ended the fall with a 6-1 doubles record, improving his career doubles record to 15-4. Thongoana finished the fall with a 6-4 doubles record and a 5-5 singles record in his first semester as a Seminole.
Freshman Bryn Nahrung capped off the fall with a 4-8 singles record, including a 3-1 performance at the Bedford Cup
Eight Noles competed in the Tallahassee Futures to cap off the fall season. Thongoana and assistant coach Ryler DeHeart both advanced out of qualifying and into the main draw. With six Seminoles in the main draw, the Seminoles advanced two into the second round with wins once again by Thongoana and DeHeart. They both lost in the round of 16. In doubles, the Garnet and Gold had three teams in the main draw, with just the team of Nahrung and Thongoana advancing out of the first round.
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