April 23, 2017 - by
Men’s Tennis Falls to No. 2 UVA, To Face Clemson in ACCs

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 32 Florida State Seminoles (16-10, 6-6 ACC) fell to the No. 3/2 Virginia Cavaliers (24-1, 11-1 ACC) by the score of 4-0 on Sunday afternoon in the 2017 regular season finale.

After a strong regular season, the Seminoles have earned the six seed in next week’s ACC Championship tournament, and will face 11 seed Clemson on Thursday at 10:00 a.m.

In doubles play against the Cavaliers, the Noles were in position to take the point and enter singles play up a point on one of the stronger teams in the nation, but were unable to do so.

Lucas Poullain and Jose Gracia earned the best win of their doubles careers by defeating Virginia’s No. 15 pair of Luca Corinteli and Carl Soderlund 6-4 on court one. The Cavaliers took court three, forcing the court two to decide the doubles point.

Terrance Whitehurst and Terrell Whitehurst had opportunities to close it out against Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Alexander Ritschard, but were unable to do so, falling 7-5 to concede the doubles point.

“I was a little disappointed because I think we were in position to win some matches and didn’t quite get them done,” Florida State head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “We had match point to win the doubles, kind of played a pretty good point and just missed an easier shot.

“Certainly a very good win at court one in doubles. Great efforts, especially by Guy, Terrance and Jose. I thought we played hard, I thought it was a good match. Playing without Aziz (Dougaz) hurt us, but certainly I thought the effort was there.”

For the second straight match, No. 38 sophomore Aziz Dougaz missed time with injury, forcing other players to move up in the lineup.

Several Seminoles were in line to secure impressive individual wins in singles play, but the match was played to clinch on ACC Network Extra.

No. 74 Guy Iradukunda led Ritschard 7-6 (7-2), 2-3 in the second set on court one, and Gracia led #47 Collin Altamirano 7-6 (7-0), 3-1 on court three when the match was called at 4-0 in favor of the Cavaliers.

Senior Day

Before the match, seniors Jack Haffey and Jake Albo were recognized for their accomplishments in the garnet and gold, and both made appearances in the match.

For the fourth time this year, Haffey stepped in for doubles play on court three with Iradukunda, while Albo played his third singles match of the season, falling to No. 90 Henrik Wiersholm 6-3, 6-1 on court six.

Six Seed in ACC Championship

After a strong conference season, the Seminoles have earned the six seed in next week’s ACC Championship at the Rome Tennis Center in Rome, Ga. Florida State will face the 11 seed Clemson Tigers on Thursday April 27 at 10:00 a.m.

FSU defeated the Tigers 6-1 in their regular season meeting in Tallahassee on March 17.

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