Tallahassee, FL – You have to go back to April 5, 2019, to find the last time the FSU men’s tennis team lost at home. The 13-game home winning streak that included an 8-0 run last year, came to an end Friday night when FSU (3-2) fell to Auburn (3-3) at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center by a score of 4-2.
After a nearly three-week layoff, FSU lost a close doubles point and fell behind 2-0 and 3-1 before they closed to within a point at 3-2 with two matches left. The clinching point came in a tiebreaker on court two in the second set putting Auburn over the top.
“We’ve gone through a lot of adversity over the last few weeks but we battled today,” said FSU Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist. “I think the doubles was really important. We lost a tight doubles match. There was a deuce point we lost it on and we were winning on line three. We were up an early break on line two. That gave them momentum.
“Auburn really battled hard and were able to snap our home win streak. I was proud of our guys battling back. I thought Rich (Thongoana), being down by two, came back to be up 6-5 and then lost a tiebreaker, it would have been easy to go down but he fought his way back in that. Chase (Wood) had a couple set points in the first that he wasn’t able to convert. They did a good job of closing out at lines four and six.”
The Seminoles points came at lines one and five. Pourroy continued his strong start to 2021 improving to 4-1 with a 7-6, 6-2 win. Marcus Walters moved to 4-1 as well winning his match 6-1, 7-6.
“Loris has been good every day,” said Hultquist. “Marcus had a nice win. It’s been three weeks since we played and we need to come back strong tomorrow and see if we can get a win.”
After a late match Friday, FSU will be right back at it Saturday versus Tulane. The game is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. and is expected to be played indoors due to anticipated bad weather. If the game is played indoors, fans will not be able to attend due to COVID precautions.
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