TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 20th ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (2-0, 0-0 ACC) started their season out strong going 2-0 with shutout wins over Georgia Southern and Mercer. They will be back at it in two days at the Florida State Spring Invitational.
“Today was a good start,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “I thought we played a lot stronger doubles in the second match. One thing that is hard is that we have been practicing for a week now but have had no real match play. We had some leads and they would come back and we would have to finish it off. I was pleased that we won all 11 points that we played today. It was a good start to the season and I look forward to playing again in two days.”
The Noles swept Georgia Southern in dominating fashion. In doubles, the Garnet and Gold took matches on courts one and three. Court three finished first as the freshman pair of Bryn Nahrung and Richard Thongoana made quick work of their opponent. They were tied 2-2 before taking the next four games and the match 6-2. Junior Alex Knaff and sophomore Sebastian Arcila capped off doubles play winning 7-5 on court one.
In singles, junior Enzo Le Seguillon dominated in his first ever collegiate dual match. He jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first set before winning 6-4. In the second set, he did not give up a game, winning 6-0. Thongoana gave the Noles a 3-0 lead taking the first set 6-4 and the second 6-2. Arcila earned the first match clincher of the season taking down his opponent on court six 6-4, 6-4
Against Mercer, things did not look much different as the Noles captured all seven points. Nahrung and Thongoana once again captured the first doubles, this time 6-0. Knaff and Arcila followed up with a sweep of their own on court one.
Sophomore Chase Wood got the doubles scoring started, earning his first win of the season 6-0, 6-1 on court five. Nahrung gave the Garnet and Gold a 3-0 lead after earning his first collegiate dual match victory on court five. Le Seguillon clinched the match with his second win of the day 6-3, 6-1 on court four.
With the match already clinched the final three Seminoles went on to win their matches as well. Thongoana earned a 6-3, 6-3 win on court four as Knaff and fellow junior Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar battled on the final two courts. Knaff won in three sets, taking the third set super-breaker 10-3 while Bhullar battled in a second set tiebreaker that saw him come away victorious 16-14.
The Noles will be back at it again this weekend as they host the Florida State Spring Invitational, an eight-team bracketed tournament that will take place throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. To keep up with the Seminoles, check Seminoles.com for the latest news and scheduling information, or keep up with the team on social media through Twitter (@FSU_MTennis), Facebook (/FSUMTennis), and Instagram (@FSU_MTennis).