NORMAN, Okla. – The 21st ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (10-4, 1-1) lost their second straight match on Sunday to No. 24 Oklahoma (10-3) 4-1 in Norman.
“It was a good competitive match today,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “We were in the position to win the final two courts and Alex had a shot there on court two. It was unfortunate to be over-ruled on match point.”
For the second match in a row, the Seminoles lost the doubles point. The Sooners grabbed the first doubles win on court two after Oklahoma’s Alex Bakshi and Ferran Calvo defeated the Seminole’s Juan Martin Jalif and Lucas Poullain 6-3. They then clinched the doubles point with a 6-4 win on court one.
In singles, the Noles and Sooners split first sets. Oklahoma grabbed the first singles win on court five taking a 2-0 lead. The Noles fought back to narrow the lead to 2-1 after a 6-3, 6-3 win from redshirt senior Lucas Poullain on court one over reigning Big 12 Player of the Year Alex Bakshi.
“It was a great win by Lucas today,” said Hultquist. “Beating the reigning Big 12 player of the year is always a nice thing to do.”
Oklahoma expanded their lead to 3-1 with a 6-1, 6-4 lead on court six. With the match on the line, junior Alex Knaff was in a tiebreaker in his second set on court two. He and Oklahoma’s Jake Van Emburgh were back and forth until Van Emburgh pulled away to take the tiebreaker 10-8 and clinch the match.
“Overall, we showed good effort from all sports today but it was a disappointing loss,” said Hultquist. “We need to get healthy and back at it next week.”
Florida State will be back next Sunday as they take on in-state rival Miami at the USTA National Campus at 5:00 p.m.
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#24 OU 4, #21 Florida State University 1
Florida State University 10-4; National ranking #21
OU 10-3; National ranking #24
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5,1,6,2)