CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 12 Florida State men’s tennis team (23-2, 7-1 ACC) earned their seventh win over a ranked opponent and first win over Virginia since 2003 with a 5-2 win over No. 42 Virginia (11-9, 4-5 ACC) in Charlottesville.
“Our resume is very strong this year,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “We have now defeated the reigning national champion, the indoor champion and have played in front of the largest crowd in college tennis this season. We understood how tough it is to play at Virginia and we fought hard to get a really good win and the first win in Charlottesville since 2002.”
The Seminoles got out to a 1-0 lead with their 16th doubles win of the season. The newly formed pair of redshirt senior Lucas Poullain and freshman Chase Wood captured the first doubles win with a 6-3 win on court three. Virginia followed that up with a 7-5 win on court one to tie the doubles point. Redshirt senior Jose Gracia and senior Terrell Whitehurst clinched the doubles point for Florida State with a 6-4 win on court two.
“The doubles point was a key to the match,” said Hultquist. “We were up 5-4 and in a deuce point that we won to capture the doubles point.”
In singles, the Seminoles earned four first set wins and turned those into three points to give the Noles their first win over Virginia in the last 19 tries. Wood made a statement on court five. He was down 0-2 in the first but came back to win the next six games and the first set. In the second set, Wood did not give up a game as he won 6-0. Sophomore Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar gave the Garnet and Gold a 3-0 lead with a 6-3, 6-4 win on court six. Poullain then clinched his third match of the season with a 7-5, 7-5 win on court three.
“Getting four first sets was huge,” said Hultquist. “Both Lucas and Aziz showed toughness in coming from behind in the first. Lucas and Rana then went on to win almost simultaneously to give us a 4-0 lead.”
With the match clinched for Florida State, Virginia went on to win on courts one and two. Gracia finished off his match in a third set tiebreak. With Gracia’s two wins today he moved into 10th all-time in overall wins at Florida State.
“It means a lot to me to get into the top-10 but it’s all about the team for me and these wins are just helping the team win,” said Gracia.
The Seminole will be back on the court next weekend as they head on the road to take on both Boston College and Notre Dame
“I am proud of the team for bouncing back after a lot of adversity and a tough loss to come back for another good win,” said Hultquist.
#12 Florida State University 5, #42 Virginia 2
1. #35 Carl Soderlund (VA) def. #51 Aziz Dougaz (FS) 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 1-0 (10-6)
2. #33 Aswin Lizen (VA) def. #18 Guy Iradukunda (FS) 6-4, 7-6 (10-6)
3. #32 Lucas Poullain (FS) def. Matthew Lord (VA) 7-5, 7-5
4. Jose Gracia (FS) def. Kyrylo Tsygura (VA) 6-7 (4-0), 6-3, 1-0 (10-7)
5. Chase Wood (FS) def. Jefferson Dockter (VA) 6-2, 6-0
6. Rana Roop Bhullar (FS) def. Spencer Bozsik (VA) 6-3, 6-4
1. Carl Soderlund/Matthew Lord (VA) def. Aziz Dougaz/Guy Iradukunda (FS) 7-5
2. Jose Gracia/Terrell Whitehurst (FS) def. Aswin Lizen/Kyrylo Tsygura (VA) 6-4
3. Lucas Poullain/Chase Wood (FS) def. Spencer Bozsik/Jefferson Dockter (VA) 6-3
Florida State University 23-2, 7-1 ACC; National ranking #12
Virginia 11-9, 4-5 ACC; National ranking #42
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,6,3,1,2,4)
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