Chapel Hill, NC. – The 26th ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (14-7, 4-4) fell to No. 11 North Carolina (13-4, 5-3) 6-1 on Sunday.
“North Carolina was just too good today,” said head Coach Dwayne Hultquist. “They played really well but we competed today and I saw some good things out of Lucas and Sebastian. Lucas was right in there with one of the best players in college tennis. I was really pleased with Sebastian getting a win on court six over a guy we have had trouble with the last few seasons.”
The Noles got out of the gates slow falling behind on all three doubles courts. North Carolina went on two take courts one and two. Court two was first as UNC won 6-2, they quickly followed that up with a 6-3 win on court one to clinch the doubles point.
Florida State took just one first set in singles. North Carolina then jumped out to a 6-0 lead after taking courts one through five in straight sets. Redshirt senior Lucas Poullain battled against 26th ranked William Blumberg in the second set on court one. Down 5-3 Poullain tied it up and forced a tiebreaker but could not come through.
Sophomore Sebastian Arcila grabbed FSU’s only point of the match on court six. He defeated UNC’s Mac Kiger. Kiger was 2-0 against FSU a season ago. Arcila jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second set but Kiger was able to tie it at four. The two exchanged points until they went into a tiebreaker that Arcila won. Kiger claimed the second set to force a third set super-breaker. Arcila prevailed to earn an 11-9 win.
Florida State will be back home next weekend for their final home weekend of the regular season. They will take on Virginia Friday, April 5th at 5:30 pm on the ACC Network. Sunday they face off against Virginia Tech at 1 pm for senior day. They finish off the weekend against FAMU at 6 pm on Sunday.
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#11 North Carolina 6, #26 Florida State University 1
Florida State University 14-7 (4-4 ACC); National ranking #26
North Carolina 13-4 (5-2 ACC); National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,5,2,4,1,6)