Tallahassee, Fla. – The No. 15 Florida State men’s tennis team (9-3, 0-0) dropped a hard-fought battle 4-3 to Oklahoma (7-4, 0-0) on Friday at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, FL.
“It was a great college tennis match, unfortunately, we came out on the short end,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “Oklahoma’s guy at six really came up big at the end to clinch the match. We had other opportunities, I thought our guys fought hard and came back very well after losing doubles to win one, two and three in straight sets and to go three sets in all the other matches. It’s unfortunate we couldn’t sneak one of those out. I do think Oklahoma played very well in the deuce points late in the sets and I thought that was the difference in the match.”
The Seminoles started off the match losing their fifth doubles point of the season. Oklahoma earned their first doubles win on court one, 6-2. Not long after, the Sooners clinched the doubles point on court two, 6-4.
Freshman Loris Pourroy struck first in singles to earn the Noles their first point of the match on three 6-4, 6-2. No. 82 ranked senior Alex Knaff followed suit with another straight-set win on court one against Oklahoma’s No. 107 ranked Jake Ban Emburgh 6-2, 6-3. Junior Sebastian Arcila extended the FSU lead 3-1 after dominating to a 6-4, 6-2 win on court two against OU’s No. 100 Mason Beiler. This would be FSU’s last point of the match as Oklahoma then went on to win three consecutive singles points.
The Sooners first fought back on four as No. 104 senior Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar forced a third set with Alex Martinez of OU. The third set was back and forth but Oklahoma took the match 6-3, 3-1, 6-4. Court five and six were also heading into third sets as the Sooners would soon take five 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Oklahoma clinched the match on six winning 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.
Florida State has a quick turnaround as the team heads back to Tallahassee for their ACC home opener at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center on Sunday, March 1st at 1 p.m.
Noles In The Polls
Florida State is coming into this weekend’s play ranked No. 15 in the latest Oracle/ITA rankings. The Noles lineup features two ranked singles players in seniors Alex Knaff No. 82 and Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar who comes in at No. 104.
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