Tallahassee, FL – The 2022 spring season couldn’t have started much better for the Seminole men’s tennis team. The squad opened the campaign with a convincing 6-1 win over the University of North Florida. The victory moved FSU to 13-1 all-time versus the Osprey and 1-0 on the season.
“It was a good start to the season,” said FSU Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist. “I think North Florida is going to be in contention to win the Atlantic Sun. They have a lot of good players.
“I was really pleased with our freshmen today. All three that played got their first wins. That’s not always easy.”
Newcomer Youcef Racine was first off in singles with a convincing 6-3, 6-2 victory, recording the first dual match win of his collegiate career. Loris Pourroy picked up right where he left off in 2021. Playing in the No. 1 spot, Pourroy cruised to a 6-3, 6-3 win to put FSU up 3-1. Moments after Pourroy’s win, Sebastian Arcila clinched the first victory of the season for FSU with a 6-4, 6-2 win. The Seminoles’ fifth point came courtesy of another newcomer as Joshua Dous Karpenschief won his first-ever dual match 6-4, 7-6 (7-3). The final win for FSU came via an Andreja Petrovic comeback. The Oslo, Norway native dropped a closely contested first set 6-7 before winning the second 6-1 and then the third set tiebreaker 10-5.
“Youcef won quickly, which is always a good thing. Joshua won in singles and in doubles. He and Maks won fast. I thought they were really sharp today. I was really pleased for Andy, coming back and winning. He was sick, had to travel from Australia and had hardly practiced so I was pleased with how he finished the match off. I thought that was great.
“Seb showed a lot of leadership in closing his match out as well as Loris. Loris faced a good opponent. He controlled the points and won it 6-3, 6-3.”
FSU opened the scoring by taking the doubles point 2-0. Maks Silagy and Karpenschief were first off with a 6-1 win followed by Arcila and Pourroy who won 6-4 to secure the early lead.
The Seminoles return to the court Sunday at 1:00 p.m. to face Georgia Southern. It will be the second of five straight home matches for the young Seminole squad.
“We are going to be one of the younger teams in the country this year,” said Hultquist. “We are going to play as many as five freshmen at different times. This was a really good start and we look forward to playing again Sunday.”
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