TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 18/22nd ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (9-2) got back on track Friday night after losing their last two matches with a 4-0 win over Auburn (9-4). Without their top two players, the Noles earned their sixth shutout victory and eighth match at home heading into their off week.
“I think it is great to see the freshmen take advantage of their opportunity today,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “Today was a day of opportunity. Bryn stepped up when we threw him into the doubles lineup. He took advantage of that opportunity. To see Richard and Enzo clinch the match at basically the same time. They did a great job. You win as a team and every point counts as the same. Certainty we very much want Aziz and Lucas back but that took a very good team effort to get the win over a good Auburn team.”
For the eighth time this season, the Seminoles started off the match by winning the doubles point. Old partners Alex Knaff and Sebastian Arcila earned the first doubles win for the Noles with a big 6-4 win on court one. The Tigers tied the doubles point up as they earned a 6-3 win of their own on court three. In their first doubles match as a pair, the freshman duo of Bryn Nahrung and Juan Martin Jalif clinched the doubles point on court two. The win marked Jalif’s first collegiate victory and Nahrung’s sixth doubles win of the spring.
Knaff got the Noles on the board in singles with a quick win on court one. After losing his last four singles matches Alex dominated to get back into the grove. He won the first set 6-3 and jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second set before winning the set 6-1.
Florida State capped off the match with almost simultaneous wins on courts four and six. Freshman Richard Thongoana grabbed a 6-4, 6-2 win on court four as junior Enzo Le Seguillon clinched his second match of the season.
Florida State will be off next week before they welcome Clemson to Tallahassee on February 22nd.
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#22 Florida State University 4, Auburn 0
Florida State University 9-2; National ranking #22
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,3,6)