Auburn, Ala.- No. 22 Florida State men’s tennis (7-2) defeats Auburn (6-2) 4-3 on the road at the Yarbough Tennis Center on Friday afternoon.
“It was a good road win,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “I am particularly pleased with the senior leadership from Rana who was down a set but came back and won the match. We went down 1-0 after doubles, but I think it was really key that the guys fought back in singles and took control at the end there. I thought the team played well together; it was a battle but I am pleased with getting the win out of it.”
The Seminoles started the afternoon battling it out in doubles. Auburn struck first on court three with a 6-0 victory, but senior Alex Knaff and junior Sebastian Arcila quickly struck back with a 6-3 victory on court one. Court two went into a tie break but saw Florida State fall short, losing the doubles point 7-6 (7-3).
In singles, both teams continued to battle it out as the Garnet and Gold earned three first set wins on courts one, two, and five. Freshman Loris Pourroy earned the first point for the Noles with a 6-1, 6-2 win on court five. Junior Juan Martin Jalif followed closely behind with a 6-3, 6-1 win of his own on court two to give the Seminoles the 2-1 lead.
Auburn tied the match 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-4 victory on court four. Just like before, the Noles struck back as No. 56 ranked Knaff won on court one with a 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 decision. The match was yet again tied after AU took court three in a three-set battle 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.
All eyes were then on court six as No. 108 Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar battled it out against Spencer Gray of Auburn for the match. Bhullar split with Gray after the first two sets ended in tie breaks. He continued to fight in the third, gaining momentum by starting off the third 3-1. The senior never looked back as he dominated Auburn’s Spencer in the third set 6-3 to clinch the win for Florida State.
The No. 22 Florida State men’s tennis team will be back in Tallahassee for their next two matches on February 22 as they are set to take on Tennessee Tech and Buffalo at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center.
Noles in The Polls
In the latest Oracle/ITA poll, Florida State comes in at No. 22. The Seminoles also have two ranked singles players in seniors Alex Knaff No. 56 and Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar No. 108.
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#22 Florida State University 4, Auburn 3
Florida State University 7-2; National ranking #22
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,2,4,1,3,6)
Official: Donna Jerome T-3:35