Tallahassee, FL – The FSU men’s tennis team landed in the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class and now head coach Dwayne Hultquist is getting to see his freshmen, returners and one transfer in action as the Seminoles eye the 2022 season. The Seminoles hosted the Bedford Cup to start the month and on Thursday the squad will head to Gainesville for ITA Regional Championships. Both events will allow Hultquist to see his new roster against some of the region’s top players.
“The ITA Regional Championships is a whole other level,” said Hultquist. “You can make the argument that our region is one of, if not the strongest region in the country. There are a lot of top teams and top players that we will be competing against in Gainesville.
“Just getting into the main draw is difficult and requires a high UTR (Universal Tennis Ranking). We have four guys competing in the main draw and two doubles teams. We will have more guys competing in the qualifiers starting Thursday. It is a good opportunity for us to see if someone can make a run to fall nationals and to see our team against some of the best in the region.”
The Seminoles will head to UF coming off a strong performance in the Bedford Cup. Two of FSU’s newcomers made it to the semifinals in singles as Yucef Rihane and Joshua Dous Karpenschief had hoped to make it an all Seminole final. While in doubles, a pair of freshmen, Maks Silagy and Dous Karpenschief captured the title for FSU.
“We won a lot of matches, we won some close matches,” said Hultquist. “Yousef made a good run in the tournament to the semis. I think he showed ability and toughness. I was also happy with Josh being able to defeat an established player in Ivan Yatsuk from USF. Josh dropped the first set and came back to win that against a player who has a lot of experience. Josh had several good wins in the tournament and it was the best we have seen him play so far. We saw a lot of improvement in his game. Rich (Thongoana) also made a good run to the quarters.
“The highlight for us for the tournament had to be Maks and Josh winning the doubles title. They won four matches at the Bedford and are now 7-0 on the year. They are showing good chemistry together, I like the fact two freshmen are playing this well together and showed the fight to comeback from 0-3 down in the finals and win in a tiebreaker.”
Florida State will be joined by Florida, Georgia, UCF, USF, Georgia Tech, Miami, Georgia State, Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast, Georgia Southern, Kennesaw State, Mercer, North Florida and Stetson in this week’s regional. The matches will take place on the campus of UF and some of the matches will be live streamed.
“This will be a good test for us and an opportunity for guys to emerge,” said Hultquist. “There will be a lot of ranked players in the tournament so I see it being a real opportunity and we are excited to go and compete.”
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