TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 20th ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (6-0, 0-0 ACC) remains unconquered in 2019 after taking down South Alabama (0-1) 5-2.
“South Alabama is a very good team,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “We did a good job of coming back from behind. I thought South Alabama outplayed us in the doubles. In singles, they jumped on us and got three first sets. The turning point of the match was the beginning of the second when Lucas and Alex fought back to win their second sets to give us two options. We won five second sets and went on to win both third sets. As the match went on we got stronger. For an early season match, it was a good win over a good team that will make the postseason. We just have to keep getting better.
After a mid-afternoon rain, the Seminoles and the Jaguars were forced to take their contest to the indoor courts. South Alabama, a team that made the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, jumped out of the gates hot to take the doubles point from the Seminoles. This was the first time of the 2019 season that Florida State has lost the doubles point.
Florida State was slow to start singles as well, dropping three of six first sets. A switch was flipped in the second set as the Noles won five of six including second set wins from senior Lucas Poullain and junior Alex Knaff that forced a third and deciding set.
Senior Aziz Dougaz and juniors Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar and Enzo Le Seguillon did their job and made easy work of courts one, four and five. Le Seguillon was the first one to finish earning a 6-2, 6-2 win on court five to tie the team score up at one. Dougaz earned his second singles win of the season on court one taking down Sacha Modica 6-4, 6-4. Bhullar gave the Garnet and Gold a 3-1 lead after taking court four 6-3, 6-1. It was his fourth win of the season.
With the match on the line, Poullain and Knaff were both fighting in third sets. Alex led 4-2, while Lucas was tied at three. Poullain pulled away at the end of the set to take a 6-4 win and clinch the match, his first clincher of the season. Knaff earned his fifth dual match win on court three taking down his opponent 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to seal the Noles 5-2 victory.
Florida State travels to Orlando tomorrow as they take on Cal Sunday at 11 am at the USTA National Campus
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#20 Florida State University 5, South Alabama 2
South Alabama 0-0
Florida State University 5-0; National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,1,4,6,2,3)