TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The No. 31 ranked Florida State men’s tennis team fell No. 5 Virginia at home on Friday night, 4-1.
“I thought it was a really good effort from our guys with us being down several starters,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “I thought we got great effort from Sebastian (Arcila) and Chase (Wood). The whole team did well. I thought Juan (Martin Jalif) got off to a great start and positioned himself to win.”
“We had five matches deep into the third set. It really looked like we were going to be up 3-1 at one stage. Give Virginia a lot of credit for how they came back. I thought the team gave a great effort and it shows why we’ve been tough to beat at home here.”
The Seminoles (14-8, 4-5) began play dropping the doubles point to the Cavaliers (16-3, 7-2), which went down to a tiebreaker on court one. After redshirt senior Lucas Poullain and freshman Bryn Nahrung lost 6-4 on court two, sophomore Chase Wood and freshman Juan Martin Jalif earned a 6-3 victory on court three.
Junior Alex Knaff and sophomore Sebastian Arcila battled from an early 4-2 deficit to send the game to a tiebreaker before ultimately falling 7-6 (4) to the 59th ranked doubles pair in the nation, Henrik Wiersholm and Brandon Nakashima.
Florida State started off strong in singles play, as Arcila took home the first singles point of the night. After dropping the first set 7-5, the Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico native powered his way through the next two sets, winning the second set 6-3 and dominating the third set 6-2.
Poullain, who ranks as the No. 39 singles player in the country, displayed a promising outing in a losing effort. After dropping the first set 6-4, he forced a third set after winning 6-3 in the second set. He would ultimately fall to No. 10 Carl Soderlund in the third set 6-3.
Alex Knaff faced off against No. 63 Brandon Nakashima, taking him to three sets. After dropping the first set 6-3, Knaff would hang toe-to-toe with the ranked Cavalier, winning the second set 6-4. He would lose the third set 6-4.
Moments later, Juan Martin Jalif would drop a heartbreaker in the third set that would determine the fate of the match. Jalif jumped out to a dominating start, as he won the first three points of the first set in ultimately winning 6-2. After he lost 6-2 in the second set, the third set proved to be a back-and-forth affair where he eventually fell 7-5.
Chase Wood and junior Enzo Le Seguillon would both go on to an unfinished result. After losing the first set 6-2, Wood dominated the second set 6-1 and would leave the court with the third set tied at five. Le Seguillon was tied 6-6 in the second set as the match concluded.
Although they fell 4-1, the Noles showed promised in singles play. Florida State forced five of six singles matches into a third set, including two matches against ranked opponents.
Florida State returns to action on Sunday at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center, where they face off against No. 43 Virginia Tech and Florida A&M in a doubleheader. Its matchup against the Hokies will be on ACC Network Extra at 1 p.m. and will also serve as its senior day match, where the Noles will honor Lucas Poullain. The Noles will face the Rattlers at 6 p.m.
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#5 Virginia 4, #31 Florida State University 1
Virginia 16-3, 7-2; National ranking #5
Florida State University 14-8, 4-5; National ranking #31
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,1,2,3)