Tallahassee, Fla.- The No. 21 Florida State men’s tennis team (6-2) sustained their second loss of the season 4-1 to No. 2 Florida as part of the USTA’s College MatchDay series in Lake Nona, Fla.
“It was a great atmosphere out here today for College MatchDay,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “I am excited that college tennis is on the tennis channel and their commitment to being involved in the college game. We are disappointed that we lost but we love the fact that we were able play in a great environment. One of the keys in the doubles matches today was that we had 10 deuce points, but we only won two. I think if we won more of those deuce points than doubles would have been a little different. Florida did a good job of coming out in singles and I thought we fought hard to try and stay in the match.”
In front of a sold out crowd, Florida State took on Florida at the USTA National Campus for the fourth year in a row. The Noles got off to a slow start in doubles losing on court three 6-3. At that time court one was tied 2-2 and court three was tied 3-3. The Seminoles fought hard but were unable to pull out the doubles win as Florida took court two 6-4.
In singles, Florida continued their momentum from earning the doubles point. The Garnet and Gold were able to earn two first set wins over the Gators, 6-3 on courts one and five. Florida extended their lead to three with two quick victories, a 6-2, 6-4 win on court six and later a 6-4, 6-3 win on court three.
Freshman Loris Pourroy kept Florida State in the match as he battled to an impressive 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) victory over UF’s Josh Goodger on court five. Right after Pourroy was able to put Florida State on the scoreboard, Florida fought back and sealed the victory on court four 6-1, 6-4.
Florida State will be back in action next Friday, February 7th as they head to Auburn, Ala. To take on Auburn at 12:00 p.m.
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#2 University of Florida 4, #21 Florida State University 1
University of Florida 7-1; National ranking #2; Regional ranking #1
Florida State University 6-2; National ranking #21
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,3,5,4)
College MatchDay 2020
UF clinched match at No. 4 Singles