LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The No. 34 Florida State men’s tennis team (11-6, 2-4) fell 4-3 at No. 47 Louisville (13-5, 5-1) on Sunday in a close conference match. FSU split the results on the weekend against two top-50 opponents.
“I thought it was a great college match,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “I thought we competed hard. I think we had some opportunities to win, and Louisville stepped it up at the end.”
The Noles won the doubles point for the second time this weekend with decisive wins on court one by Maks Silagy and Joshua Karpenschif and court three by Alex Bulte and Youcef Rihane. Silagy and Karpenschif are now 17-7 this season, including four wins in ACC play.
After dropping two quick singles points to the Cardinals, Loris Pourroy and Andreja Petrovic leveled the score with wins on court one and court two, respectively. Pourroy, ranked No. 82 nationally, beat No. 92 Etienne Donnet in three sets for his fifth win this spring over ranked singles opponents.
“I thought Loris Pourroy did great today, really great match over a good player,” said Hultquist. “He came up clutch in the third.”
John Bernard battled to the end in a three-set match ending in a tiebreak win for Louisville on court six. Karpenschif played a solid first set but fell in the end on court three to close out the match.
“They fought back at one and three to go three sets, so we did three three-setters and whoever won two was going to win the match,” said Hultquist. “You have to hand it to Louisville in the last two matches, 7-5 in the third and 6-4 in the third; they played well to get there.”
Florida State returns home Saturday against Tennessee Tech at 11 a.m. at Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center.
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