Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State men’s tennis team (3-0, 0-0 ACC) finishes the weekend out strong going 2-0 on Saturday with wins over Louisiana Lafayette and Florida A&M.
“It was good getting two wins today,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “We got behind in the first one and had to battle back, but it was good to see us get stronger as the match went on. I was really pleased with Marcus (Walters) and Alex (Knaff) coming back and dominating their second and third sets after losing the first to lead us to the 5-2 win.”
Louisiana Lafayette Match Recap
The day began with the Noles losing their first doubles point of the season. Senior Rana Roop-Singh Bhullar and junior Chase Wood were the first doubles loss of the day losing on court three, 6-4. Louisiana Lafayette took the doubles point with a 6-3 win on court one.
Florida State bounced back in singles to take five of six matches. Sophomore Richard Thongoana quickly tied the match at one with a 6-4, 6-3 victory on court six. He was followed by Bhullar on court five who defeated his opponent 6-3, 6-3 to give FSU a 2-1 lead.
With Florida State’s only singles loss on court two, Louisiana Lafayette tied the score 2-2. With the match tied with ULL, it didn’t faze junior Sebastian Arcila as he battled to a 7-6 (11-9) first set victory. He made quick work in the second set with a 6-0 win to earn the Seminoles a point on court four.
For the second time this season, junior Marcus Walters clinched the win for the Noles with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory on court three. After clinching the match Senior Alex Knaff closed out the morning with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 win on court one.
FAMU Match Recap
The Garnet and Gold cruised through the doubles point taking courts two and one. Sophomores Bryn Nahrung and Thongoana took court two 6-0, while Walters and Jalif took court one 6-4.
In singles, Florida State jumped out and took all five first sets and cruised into three singles wins. FAMU forfeited on court six, Bhullar took court three 6-0, 6-0 and junior Enzo Le Seguillon took court five 6-1, 6-0.
FSU now looks forward to another weekend at home in Tallahassee with South Alabama (Jan. 17) and Mississippi (Jan. 19).
“We look forward to next weekend with two strong opponents and having the opportunity to play last year SEC Champions (Mississippi State),” said Hultquist. “We hope to have a big crowd out here supporting the team.”
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Florida State University 5, Louisiana 2
Florida State University 4, FLORIDA A&M 0