TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 11 Florida State men’s tennis team (26-3, 10-2 ACC) took down No. 22 Duke (15-12, 6-6 ACC) 4-1 to wrap up the best regular season in school history and celebrate their five seniors on Senior Day.
“4-1 does not really show how tough the match was,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “Duke competed hard as they always do. It has been a good regular season finishing 26-3 but it is now time to turn the page and start looking towards the postseason. This win put us in position to host for the first time in a few years and we are excited about that.”
Florida State started their day by winning their first doubles point since April 8th against Virginia. The Seminoles were down early on all three courts but were able to come from behind to take a 1-0 lead. Redshirt senior Jose Gracia and senior Terrance Whitehurst were the first pair off the court in doubles as they won 6-4 on court three. The Blue Devils tied it up with a 6-4 win on court one. On court two, redshirt senior Lucas Poullain and junior Aziz Dougaz kept swapping points with their opponent. Down 5-4 the Seminole duo flipped a switch and won their next three games to clinch the doubles point.
“I was pleased to get the doubles point today,” said Hultquist. “We were within two points of losing the doubles and came back to take that point.”
Dougaz started off the singles scoring with his fifth win over a ranked opponent this season. He took down Duke’s No. 11 Nicolas Alvarez in straight sets. In the first, he was down 5-2 before winning the next four games to take a 6-5 lead. Alvarez forced a tiebreaker, but Dougaz prevailed, taking the first set. In the second set, the two kept exchanging points until Dougaz came away with a 7-5 win.
Gracia gave the Noles a 3-0 lead with his 161st career victory on court four. His win moved him into a tie for 8th all-time in school history in career wins. He took the first set in a tiebreaker and battled back and forth in the second set until coming away with a 6-4 win.
Duke moved one point closer as they won on court two but the Seminoles punched right back with the clincher on court six. Freshman Chase Wood proved why he leads the team with six match-clinching wins as he took down his opponent 6-4, 6-3. In the first set, he was down 3-4 but turned it around to win the final three games and the set 6-4. In the second he got out to an early 3-0 lead before finishing off his opponent 6-3.
“I was really pleased with Chase getting the clinching point, said Hultquist.”
“We are going to look forward to the ACC tournament and have an opportunity to compete and get some more good wins.”
Florida State will be back on the court next Friday in Cary, N.C. as they begin play in the ACC Tournament
#11 Florida State University 4, #22 Duke 1
1. #46 Aziz Dougaz (FS) def. #11 Nicolas Alvarez (DU) 7-6 (7-3), 7-5
2. Nick Stachowiak (DU) def. #31 Guy Iradukunda (FS) 7-5, 7-5
3. #41 Lucas Poullain (FS) vs. #100 Catalin Mateas (DU) 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 4-2, unfinished
4. Jose Gracia (FS) def. Robert Levine (DU) 7-6 (9-7), 6-4
5. Alex Knaff (FS) vs. Spencer Furman (DU) 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, unfinished
6. Chase Wood (FS) def. Sean Sculley (DU) 6-4, 6-3
1. Catalin Mateas/Nicolas Alvarez (DU) def. #48 Guy Iradukunda/Alex Knaff (FS) 6-4
2. Aziz Dougaz/Lucas Poullain (FS) def. #87 Sean Sculley/Nick Stachowiak (DU) 7-5
3. Jose Gracia/Terrance Whitehurst (FS) def. Jason Lapidus/Ryan Dickerson (DU) 6-4
Duke 15-12, 6-6 ACC; National ranking #22
Florida State University 26-3, 10-2 ACC; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,4,2,6)
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