WINSTON SALEM, N.C. – The 29th ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (16-9, 5-6) fell to No. 4 Wake Forest (25-3, 11-0) 4-0 on Friday afternoon. The Noles had a couple of chances to get some points but came up a little short.
“It was a competitive match today,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “We had a lot of opportunities to win the doubles point today and that was a key to the match. We had some opportunities in singles as well. Lucas was up in the first set and couldn’t win the first and that definitely hurt us. I am very proud of how Alex and Enzo played today. We just lost too many deuce points and that was the difference.”
Wake took a 1-0 lead after capturing the doubles point. The Noles took an early lead in doubles with a big win by junior Alex Knaff and sophomore Sebastian Arcila. The duo took court one 6-4 over the 62nd ranked Borna Gojo and Alan Gadjiev. Courts two and three were battles. Wake Forest took court two 6-4 after the match was tied at four to knot up the doubles point up. They then court three 6-3 to take the doubles point.
The Noles started slowly in singles, losing five first sets. Enzo Le Seguillon earned the solo first set for the Garnet and Gold. Wake took a 2-0 lead after a 6-1, 6-4 win on court six and expanded that to a 3-0 lead with a 6-4, 6-3 win on court five. Junior Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar had a 4-3 lead in the first set on court five but could not hold on as his opponent would go on to take the final three games of the set.
Wake Forest clinched the match with a win on court three, 6-4, 6-4. The Noles were in contention on all three courts that did not finish. Redshirt senior Lucas Poullain had a 4-2 lead in the first set but was forced into a tiebreaker. In that beaker, he jumped out to a 4-1 lead and once again could not finish it as he went on to lose the first set 7-6 (5).
Knaff lost the first set 6-2 but bounced back to take the second set over third-ranked Petros Chrysochos in a tiebreaker. Their match was tied 1-1 in the third set. Le Seguillon took his first set 7-5 and was up a break in the second set when the match was finished.
Florida State wraps up the regular season on Sunday at Duke.
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#4 Wake Forest 4, #29 Florida State University 0
Florida State University 16-9 (5-6 ACC); National ranking #29
Wake Forest 25-3 (11-0 ACC); National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,5,3)