LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The 27th ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (14-5, 4-2) earned a hard-fought 4-3 win over Louisville (12-8, 1-5) in Kentucky on Friday afternoon.
“That was a total team effort today,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “We have a lot of injuries and it took a total team battle to come away with this win.”
The Noles grabbed an early 1-0 lead after taking the doubles point. Florida State took court three after a 6-2 win by sophomore Chase Wood and freshman Richard Thongoana. Courts one and two both went to a tiebreak and saw the Seminoles take court one and the doubles point.
“I was proud with our fight today in doubles,” said Hultquist. “We forced two tiebreakers and had Alex and Sebastian come back from being down early. Lucas and Bryn were not able to finish their match but were up in the breaker.”
Florida State started singles off by taking three first sets. Redshirt senior Lucas Poullain quickly turned his into a Seminoles point by winning 6-3, 6-0 on court one. Sophomore Sebastian Arcila added to the Florida State lead by winning 6-2, 7-5 on court six.
Up 3-0 the Garnet and Gold gave up three straight courts and the match came down to junior Alex Knaff on court two. After courts three, four and five lost, Knaff was down a set and break and was forced to make an incredible comeback. After losing the first 6-4, he battled to take the second set 7-5. He controlled the third set the whole time winning it 6-2 and clinching the Seminole win.
“Alex being able to come back from down a set and a break and win his match was huge,” said Hultquist. “I am proud of how he competed today, especially in the situation he was in with the whole match coming down to him.”
Florida State is back on the road next weekend as they head to North Carolina to play the Wolfpack and the Tar Heels.
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#27 Florida State 4, Louisville 3
1. #84 Poullain def. Morin Kougoucheff 6-3, 6-0
2. Knaff def. Lancaster 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
3. Hernandez def. Thongoana 6-4, 7-6
4. Salle def. Wood 6-4, 6-4
5. Gomez def. Le Seguillon 6-7, 6-2, 6-3
6. Arcila def. Mizrahi 6-2, 7-5
1. Arcila/Knaff def. Morin-Kougoucheff/Salle 7-6
2. Poullain/Nahring vs. Hedley/Hernandez 6-6
3. Wood/Thongoana def. Gomez/Wesbrooks 6-2