Tallahassee, FL – Facing its seventh-straight ranked opponent, the FSU men’s tennis team put together one of its most complete performances of the season beating No. 33 Notre Dame 6-1. From winning the doubles point to taking commanding early leads on three of the singles courts, and coming from behind on three other courts, the Seminoles (6-11, 1-6) never allowed the Fighting Irish to find any traction in the match, leading to the biggest win of the season for the Noles.
“We enjoyed playing in the great weather and in front of a nice crowd even though we are at limited capacity,” said FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “It was a fun evening to play.
“We play an incredibly tough schedule in the ACC and in non-conference as well. We played better last week than we had the previous week. We have had a lot of injuries and illnesses to overcome. Clearly, we are playing better every week. I think that will continue as the season goes on if we can continue to build on what we did tonight.”
Florida State got off to a quick start taking the doubles point 2-0 in just over 30 minutes. Marcus Walters and Loris Pourroy, currently ranked No. 62 in doubles, cruised to a 6-2 win. Chase Wood and Andreja Petrovic were next off securing the point for FSU with a 6-1 victory.
“It was important to get the doubles point,” said Hultquist. “I thought we played well all the way through in doubles.”
The Seminoles moved in front 2-0 thanks to a straight set victory by Sebastian Arcila (6-1, 6-1) at line four. Petrovic added to the lead taking his match in straight sets (6-3, 7-5). With FSU in front 3-0, Walters didn’t make the Speicher crowd wait long to celebrate the win. Just moments after Petrovic won, Walters closed out his match with a 6-0, 4-6, 6-0 victory to clinch for FSU. Richard Thongoana added to the Seminoles’ point total winning in three sets 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and Loris Pourroy was last off and the last point for FSU as well as the redshirt-freshman came back after dropping the first set to win 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
“We got early leads and held on to those,” said Hultquist. “I think one of the keys to the match was how well we played in second sets today. Alex (Knaff) lost the first and won the second. Rich lost the first and won the second and Loris lost the first, was down 4-0, and came back to win the second. That took the steam out of their ability to come back.”
The Seminoles are back on the courts at Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center Sunday at 1:00 as they will host the Louisville Cardinals. For more information on the 2021 Seminole Men’s Tennis program, please follow us on social at FSUMTennis (IG) and @FSU_MTennis (TW) and log on to Seminoles.com.