Tallahassee, Fla. – The No. 18 Florida State men’s tennis team (9-2) defeated Tennessee Tech (1-4) on Saturday Morning, 5-2, and carried that momentum to the afternoon to pick up a 6-1 victory over Buffalo (2-4) to extend their home record to 7-0 at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center.
“I think it’s great to have an undefeated weekend and to continue our undefeated record at home,” said senior captain Alex Knaff. “Obviously having a crowd here helps us a lot and gets us pumped. We are comfortable on these courts and being undefeated at home up to this point helps us going into conference play because it gives us a lot of confidence going up against any ACC team we will face at home.”
Florida State began the doubleheader against Tennessee Tech early Saturday afternoon. Knaff and Pourroy got the ball rolling in doubles early with a 6-0 victory on court one, but the Golden Eagles soon matched with a win on court two. On court three, senior Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar and sophomore Richard Thongoana felt no pressure as they clinched the doubles point with a 6-4 win.=
In singles, No. 104 ranked Bhullar earned the first singles win for FSU 6-1, 6-3 on court four to extend the lead to two. Tennessee Tech responded with a win on court three, but junior Chase Wood quickly responded on court six 6-2, 6-4 to give the Noles the 3-1 lead. No. 82 Knaff clinched the match for Florida State with a 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 comeback victory on court one.
Although the Seminoles already earned the win, courts two and five continued to play out their matches. The Golden eagles earned their second point on court two and junior Enzo Le Seguillon put the finishing touches on the first match by taking court five, 6-4, 4-6, 3-2 (11-9).
Looking to continue the home success, Florida State was set to take on Buffalo in the back half of the doubleheader.
In doubles, Bhullar and Thongoana got the Noles started with a quick 6-2 victory on court three. The Bulls would take a win on court two, 6-4, forcing court one to come out victorious. Knaff and Pourroy did exactly that, after being down 2-5 the pair battled pack to win five straight points to clinch the doubles point.
“I think having doubleheaders and playing a lot of matches is always tough, but I think we showed a lot of grit especially in the Buffalo doubles match,” said Knaff. “Loris (Pourroy) did a great job today, especially with today being our first time playing together, we kept fighting and were able to win the tough points.”
The Garnet and Gold headed into singles as Wood got off the courts first as he swept his opponent 6-0, 6-0. Shortly after, the Bulls earned their only point of the match on court two as the Noles would then go on to win four straight matches.
Bhullar got the wins started on court three as he continued his successful day earning a 6-3, 6-0 win. Le Seguillon followed suit with a 6-2, 6-3 win of his own to clinch the match. Court one and court four continued to play out their matches with Thongoana finishing his match on court four, 6-4, 6-2. Knaff closed out the day the only way he knows how, with a win on court one 7-5, 6-1.
“I really felt like the key of the match against Buffalo was Alex (Knaff) and Loris (Pourroy) being down 5-2 and battling back to win the doubles point, that gained us a lot of momentum,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “ A bunch of the guys got off to good early starts and put us in a good position to win both matches today. Now we look forward to our match at Lake Nona and then we start conference play next weekend.”
The No. 18 Florida State men’s tennis team heads back to Lake Nona, Fla. on Friday (Feb. 28) to take on Oklahoma at 6:00 p.m. before returning home to kick off conference play on Sunday (March 1) against Georgia Tech at 1:00 p.m.
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#18 Florida State University 5, Tennessee Tech 2
Tennessee Tech 1-4
Florida State University 8-2; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,3,6,1,2,5)
#18 Florida State University 6, Buffalo 1
Florida State University 9-2; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,2,3,5,4,1)