KNOXVILLE, Tennessee – No. 28 Florida State men’s tennis (18-11) fell to No. 6 Tennessee (25-7) in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at Barksdale Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee.
“It was a really good season for a young team,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “As the year went on, we improved. I’m really proud of them.”
The Noles played a tight doubles round but were unable to earn the point. Alex Bulte and Youcef Rihane were on-serve on court three when the doubles finished.
“I thought Tennessee played really good doubles,” Hultquist shared. “We had an early break at two doubles, but they really served well. At three doubles, I thought we played really well, but we couldn’t get a break.”
Joshua Dous-Karpenschif won the first set on court five and was only one game away from claiming a point for Florida State.
“I thought at the end we battled,” Hultquist said. “We had opportunities at every position to get ourselves back. We were just a few points away from giving ourselves a chance to win the third sets.”
Multiple Seminoles fought back after losing the first set to reach a tiebreak in the second set. Andreja Petrovic on court two and Rihane on court four each led their tiebreak when the match concluded.
“We’ve had a lot of outstanding wins, and guys have gotten better” Hultquist added. “Different guys came through all year long; each match it was a different guy. We had great chemistry from our guys. We worked hard to be a team which isn’t always easy in an individual sport. I look forward to next year. The future is very bright.”
#6 University of Tennessee 4, #28 Florida State University 0
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