TALLAHASSEE – The No. 9 Florida State men’s tennis team opened ITA Kickoff Weekend with a 4-2 victory over San Diego on Friday afternoon at the Hurd Tennis Center.
“I was really pleased to get the win today,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “It was a hard-fought match. I thought San Diego competed really well and hung in there. We had some things go against us where we could’ve finished some matches off sooner but we kept coming and persevered in the end. I’m really pleased with Josh (Dous-Karpenschif) coming from a set down to clinch the match with the pressure.”
Florida State took an early 1-0 lead by sweeping the doubles point. Loris Pourroy and Alex Bulte put the Seminoles on the brink of obtaining the doubles point after a 6-3 win on court No. 3. Maks Silagy and Joshua Dous-Karpenschif clinched the doubles point for the Noles after a 6-4 victory on court No. 2.
Sophomore Youcef Rihane, ranked No. 24 in the country, helped Florida State regain the lead following his 7-6, 6-3 win, putting FSU ahead 2-1. Junior Andreja Petrovic won in straight sets 7-6 (8), 6-3 and brought Florida State one win from the team victory.
The match-winning point came down to the wire with both Antoine Cornut-Chauvinc and Dous-Karpenschif vying for third-set victories. Dous-Karpenschif’s come-from-behind victory on court No. 6, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 sealed the win for the Noles.
“Youcef really helped us by winning fast, and I thought Andy did a good job after being down 5-2 to win the first set and finish his match off to get us to three points,” Hultquist said. “I like how we played doubles today. We got off to a fast start at three and then clinched the match at two. This was a good test for us, and we’ll be ready to go tomorrow.”
Florida State improved to 5-0 this season and continues play in the ITA Kickoff Weekend on Saturday. The Seminoles are set to face off against the winner of Arizona State and 12th-ranked Baylor at 7 p.m. Eastern Time. Live stats and live video will be available on Seminoles.com.
#9 Florida State 4, San Diego 2
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