DURHAM, N.C. – The No. 27 Florida State men’s tennis team (13-6, 3-2 ACC) fell to the Duke Blue Devils (11-7, 4-3 ACC) 5-2 at the Ambler Tennis Stadium on Friday afternoon.
The Seminoles uncharacteristically dropped the doubles point for just the second time all season, and for the first time in a losing effort all year.
“They came out and played with more energy than we did,” Florida State head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “They’ve been a team that’s been decimated by injuries that got a couple guys back today. They were ready to play and wanted it more than us today.”
Duke clinched the match on court five, but the Seminoles kept fighting and earned straight set wins on courts two and four.
No. 125 junior Guy Iradukunda easily defeated Duke’s Robert Levine 6-1, 6-2 for his 10th singles victory in the Garnet & Gold.
“Guy did a nice job of bouncing back,” Hultquist said after the match. “He definitely beat a good player today.”
Redshirt junior Jose Gracia, who always seems to be the last one fighting on the court, defeated Nick Stachowiak 7-5, 7-6 (6) after a second set tiebreak to close out the match.
“Jose is undefeated in the ACC, and is starting to show a lot of polish,” Hultquist said.
With the win, Gracia is now 10-0 overall in ACC play this season after his fifth singles win in-conference.
Iradukunda earned his tenth win of the season, tied for second on the team.
Gracia and fellow redshirt junior Lucas Poullain upped their season total to 11 doubles wins on the year, and are 5-0 in ACC play.
No. 71 Dougaz/Iradukunda fell to 10-2 on the season in doubles after suffering the pair’s first loss in the ACC this year.
The Seminoles will now turn their attention to the North Carolina Tarheels, who will host the Noles on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.
North Carolina will be looking to avenge last year’s defeat at the hands of Florida State, as the then-No. 51 Noles upset the No. 1-ranked Tarheels 4-3 in Tallahassee last March. The Florida State victory was the first in school history over the No. 1 team in the nation.
“They’ve got a great record and are a great team,” Hultquist said of North Carolina. “We’re going to need to play a lot better and with a lot more energy than we did today.”
Fans can follow along with the North Carolina match with live results here:
For more information on Florida State tennis, check out: