January 20, 2019 - by
No. 20 Men’s Tennis Downs Cal 4-3 at the USTA National Campus

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 20th ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (7-0, 0-0 ACC) comes from behind to take down Cal (0-1) at the USTA National Campus to remain unbeaten at their home away from home.

“We always enjoy playing down here, it’s been a great venue for us. We actually call it Lake ‘Nolena.’ I think our guys get inspired to play here,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “Cal played a great match and really took it to us early. It took a lot for us to come back. I think it showed that we are never out of a match. But we always like the environment here and it’s very professional with how it’s run.”

For the second straight match the Noles fell behind early after losing the doubles point, and for the second straight match, they came back to win the whole thing.

Cal’s 14th ranked doubles pair of Brumm and Kikuchi grabbed the first doubles win for the Golden Bears before they captured the doubles point with a 6-1 win on court three.

The Seminoles started singles out splitting first sets with Cal. Once again Florida State and Cal split second sets, forcing three third sets. Redshirt senior Lucas Poullain was the first on the board for the Garnet and Gold as he took court two in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, to tie the match at one.

Cal bounced back taking court three in straight sets 6-3, 6-2, but once against Florida State tied the match up at two with a three-set win on court four by junior Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar.

Florida State took the lead back with a big win by senior Aziz Dougaz over 98th ranked Paul Barretto on court one 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.

The Golden Bears tied it back up at three with a 5-7, 5-7 win over junior Enzo Le Seguillon on court five.

With the match on the line, it all came down to sophomore Chase Wood on court six. After taking the first set 7-5 he lost the second set 6-3. He took an early 2-1 lead in the deciding set before expanding it to 5-1. After losing the seventh game he took the set 6-2 to clinch the match for the Noles.

Florida State will head into ITA Kick-off weekend 7-0 and will take on Texas Tech Saturday, January 26th at 11 am at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center.

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#20 Florida State University 4, Cal 3

Singles competition

  1. Aziz Dougaz (FS) def. #98 Paul Barretto (CAL) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
  2. Lucas Poullain (FS) def. Jack Mallot (CAL) 6-2, 6-2
  3. Jacob Brumm (CAL) def. Alex Knaff (FS) 6-3, 6-4
  4. #84 Rana Roop Bhullar (FS) def. Yuta Kikuchi (CAL) 6-4, 0-6, 6-4
  5. Bjorn Hoffmann (CAL) def. Enzo Le Seguillon (FS) 7-5, 7-5
  6. Chase Wood (FS) def. Mert Zincirli (CAL) 7-5, 3-6, 6-2

Doubles competition

  1. #14 Jacob Brumm/Yuta Kikuchi (CAL) def. Aziz Dougaz/Alex Knaff (FS) 6-3
  2. Lucas Poullain/Enzo Le Seguillon (FS) vs. #18 Can Kaya/Paul Barretto (CAL) 2-5, unfinished
  3. Jack Mallot/Mert Zincirli (CAL) def. Chase Wood/Richard Thongoana (FS) 6-1

Match Notes:
Cal 0-0
Florida State University 6-0; National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,3,4,1,5,6)

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