Blacksburg, Va.– The No. 15 Florida State men’s tennis team defeated No. 65 Virginia Tech 5-2 on Friday afternoon at Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center.
Virginia Tech won the doubles point after winning 6-2 on court No. 1 and 6-3 on court No. 3.
Antoine Cornut-Chauvinc, the No. 2-ranked singles player in the country, opened the scoring for the Seminoles. His 6-2, 6-2 straight-set-victory over No. 86 Ryan Fishback tied the match. Cornut-Chauvinc’s victory marks the sixth time this season he has beaten a ranked opponent and continues his undefeated start to the season.
Joshua Dous-Karpenschif’s 6-4, 6-2 victory on court No. 4 put Florida State in the lead. Dous-Karpenschif is 3-0 in singles play on court No. 4 this season.
After Virginia Tech’s win on court No. 5 tied the match, Loris Pourroy broke the tie with a 6-4, 6-4 win on court No. 2 to put Florida State ahead 3-2.
With Florida State leading 3-2, the Seminoles continued to fight as both remaining matches were in third sets with the Noles requiring only one win to clinch the victory.
Despite dropping the first set, Alex Bulte’s 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 come-from-behind win on court No. 6 clinched the victory for the Seminoles. Bulte was on set and match point after being down 5-4 in the second set before winning three straight games to win the set 7-5 and forcing a third set to be played.
No. 89-ranked Youcef Rihane scored the final point to put Florida State up 5-2 behind a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 win on Court No. 3. Rihane is the first Seminole to reach double-digit singles wins this season.
Florida State is now 8-3 on the season. The Seminoles play their second ACC matchup of the season when they travel to play No. 21 Virginia on Sunday at 1.p.m. Live stats and live video will be available on Seminoles.com.
#15 Florida State 5, #65 Virginia Tech 2
Order of Finish Singles (1,4,5,2,6,3) Doubles (1,3)
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