Rome, Ga. – The No. 32 Florida State Seminoles (17-11, 7-7 ACC) fell to the No. 12 North Carolina Tar Heels (24-3, 11-2 ACC) 4-1 in the quarterfinal round of the ACC Championship on Friday at the Rome Tennis Center.
In the loss, redshirt junior Lucas Poullain registered a dominating win on court three, defeating UNC’s Simon Soendergaard 6-2, 6-1 in the first singles match off the court. The win is Poullain’s 20th singles win on the year, and he has lead the team in victories all season.
In doubles play, the Seminoles were in a solid position to take the point, but were unable to do so as Terrance Whitehurst and Terrell Whitehurst fell 7-6(1) in the tiebreak.
Jose Gracia returned to the court after missing yesterday’s match with injury, and the No. 53-ranked pair of Gracia/Poullain won on court two 6-2 over Jack Murray/Simon Soendergaard.
“We had the effort level there, high energy, in doubles was very tight,” Gracia said. “We got the win at court two, and then we had chances on one and three but they beat us to it.”
After Poullain got on the board in singles, the Tar Heels were able to pull away to clinch the match with wins on courts one, two, and four.
In attendance at the match was Lex Wood, who played at Florida State from 1962-1964, and upon graduation coached the team from 1965-1969. Wood was the first tennis player to be inducted into the FSU Athletics Hall of Fame.
Next up, the Seminoles will await their fate in the NCAA Championships, which are announced on May 2 at 5:00 p.m.
“We’re going to be working hard for the next two weeks, going to get extra work in, and get ready for NCAAs,” Gracia said.
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