TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 37th ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (10-5) fell to Miami (9-5) 4-0 Sunday night at the USTA National Campus.
“I liked how we came back tonight but we just dug ourselves in such a hole losing the doubles point and then losing five first sets,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “We were in position to win a bunch of those first sets and just didn’t get it done. We played from behind all night. I appreciate how Alex and Chase fought back. We were digging down and it was just too little too late. It has been a hard two weeks on the road and we are looking forward to coming back and playing at home.”
The day started with the Noles losing the doubles point for the sixth time this season. The Noles took an early lead on court two but fell behind early on courts one and three. FSU struck first as freshman Bryn Nahrung and redshirt senior Lucas Poullain grabbed their first win of the season together with a 6-4 win. After being down 3-1, junior Alex Knaff and sophomore Sebastian Arcila tied it up at three. They fell behind once again and Miami took their first doubles win on court one, 6-3. Miami clinched the doubles point with a 6-2 win on court three.
Miami jumped out in singles to take five first set and turned three of those into points. Court three was the first to finish as Miami’s Dane Dunlap defeated freshman Richard Thongoana 6-3, 6-4.
With their backs against the wall, FSU forced third sets on courts two and five after Poullain took the first set on court one. The Noles continued to battle before Miami took court six and a 3-0 lead. Miami capped off the match with a 6-4, 6-4 win on court 4.
Florida State will be back in action this Wednesday as they take on Abilene Christian in Tallahassee at 5:30 p.m.
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#43 University of Miami 4, #37 Florida State 0
Florida State 10-5, 1-2; National ranking #37
University of Miami 9-4, 3-0; National ranking #43
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,6,4)