Lake Nona, FL – For the second time in less than a week the Florida State men’s tennis team took a lead on the defending national champions and pushed the No. 3 Gators but came up short. After taking the doubles point, FSU was in third sets on two courts but couldn’t make those points come into play falling 4-1.
Just like they did in the first meeting six days ago, the Seminoles took the doubles point and the early lead versus the Gators. Loris Pourroy and Sebastian Arcila were off first with a 6-3 win. UF tied it up with a win on line two but before they could even enjoy it, Maks Silagy and Josh Dous Karpenschif closed out their match moments later 6-4 to take the point.
In singles, the Gators took points on lines one and two to make it 2-1. UF then won a second set tiebreaker to go up 3-1. FSU was already in third sets on courts five and six but was unable to convert a triple set point on court three to force another match to a third.
“It felt like the first match,” said FSU Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist. “We got the doubles. It was a great effort at one doubles against one of the better teams in the country. I think one of the keys to the match was we had a triple set point to put three matches into the third set. Both Josh and Youcef (Rihane) were leading at one point in their third sets to make it really close down to the wire. I think we actually played his match a little closer but just weren’t able to convert on one of those three set points.
“I thought some of our guys competed well when they were down. Andy (Petrovic) had the second set in a tiebreaker. Rich (Thongoana) was down and fought back to put himself in position to win that second set. Our freshmen played much better this time. They didn’t finish but put themselves in a position to win.”
The Noles will be back home Friday, Feb. 11 to host No. 25 UCF at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center. For the most updated information on the Seminole Men’s Tennis program, please follow us on social at FSUMTennis (IG) and @FSU_MTennis (TW) and log on to Seminoles.com.