ATHENS, Georgia – No. 28 Florida State men’s tennis (18-10) beat No. 11 Georgia (18-8) 4-3 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia.
“It was a great comeback, a great win for Florida State and for our program,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “Georgia is a tough place to play. They always have a great team, and this year was no exception to that, so it was a great win.”
Florida State advances to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009 after earning the program’s first NCAA Tournament victory over Georgia.
FSU earned the doubles point through a relentless effort by Maks Silagy and Joshua Dous-Karpenschif on court one. The duo battled back from behind to win a tiebreak and clinch the doubles point for the Noles. Loris Pourroy and Andreja Petrovic also won on court two.
“The doubles was great,” Hulquist shared. “Maks and Joshua clinched it, and we had a great effort from Andy and Loris today to get us one point. We had two freshmen out there who beat two really experienced and really good doubles players.”
Dous-Karpenschif extended his singles winning streak to five matches with a straight-set victory on court five. Silagy tied the score between the two teams with a win in three sets.
“At one point it didn’t really look that good for us,” Hultquist said. “We kept battling back. Josh finished it off, and Maks really stepped it up to get us to three all.”
Sebastian Arcila fought back after losing the first set 7-5 to claim the second set 6-4. In thrilling fashion, Arcila won 7-5 in the third to clinch the upset for the Noles over Georgia.
“Sebastian played a great match against a really good player,” Hultquist added. “He overcame an overrule, overcame a match point and finished it off with an ace. I’m really proud of him. He really stepped it up at the biggest time, and I’m sure this is something he’ll always remember.”
Florida State will travel to the Knoxville Super Regional and face Tennessee in the third round of the NCAA Tournament next weekend. More information on the match date and time will be determined at the conclusion of all second-round matches.
#28 Florida State University 4, #11 University of Georgia 3
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