March 13, 2019 - by
Noles Defeat Abilene Christian, 6-1

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 41st ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (11-5, 1-2) ended their three-game skid with a 6-1 win over Abilene Christian (14-4) Wednesday night.

“Abilene Christian has a really good team,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “They are probably an NCAA qualifying team. I thought they did a great job competing tonight. I was pleased that Sebastian (Arcila) got both a doubles and a singles win today as he clinched the match for us tonight. We played four newcomers and they all came away with either a singles or doubles win.”

The Noles started the day with their 10th doubles point of the season. The freshman duo of Richard Thongoana and Juan Martin Jalif earned the first doubles win with a 6-3 win on court three. Junior Alex Knaff and sophomore Sebastian Arcila capped off the doubles point with a 6-4 win on court one. It was their fifth dual match doubles win together this season.

Florida State kept firing in singles play earning two quick wins on courts one and two. Redshirt senior Lucas Poullain grabbed the first win on court one 6-2, 6-1. Knaff finished quickly after with a 6-0, 6-2 win on court two.

Arcila clinched the match on court six with a dominating second set. He won 7-5, 6-0 for his third dual match win of the season and third match clincher of 2019.

With the match already clinched Thongoana and junior Enzo Le Seguillon went on to win. Thongoana lost the first set before bouncing back to take the second 6-0 and the third 6-2. Le Seguillon was down 4-0 in the first set before fighting back to take it 7-5. He went into a tiebreaker in the second set before his opponent had to retire due to cramps.

“We now need to get ready for two ACC matches this weekend and hopefully get a great crown on Friday and Sunday,” said Hultquist.

Florida State will be back at the Speicher Tennis Center this Friday at 5:30 pm as they take on ACC foe Boston College.

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#41 Florida State University 6, Abilene Christian 1

Singles competition

  1. #99 Lucas Poullain (FS) def. Josh Sheehy (ACU) 6-2, 6-1
  2. Alex Knaff (FS) def. Jonathan Sheehy (ACU) 6-0, 6-2
  3. Richard Thongoana (FS) def. Nikolas Moceanu (ACU) 1-6, 6-0, 6-2
  4. Dimitris Azoides (ACU) def. Juan Martin Jalif (FS) 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (10-8)
  5. Enzo Le Seguillon (FS) def. Riley Tran (ACU) 7-5, 6-6 (5-1), retired
  6. Sebastian Arcila (FS) def. Akinori Wada (ACU) 7-5, 6-0

Doubles competition

  1. Alex Knaff/Sebastian Arcila (FS) def. Cole Lawson/Jackson Fine (ACU) 6-4
  2. Lucas Poullain/Bryn Nahrung (FS) vs. Josh Sheehy/Riley Tran (ACU) 6-5, unfinished
  3. Richard Thongoana/Juan Martin Jalif (FS) def. Jonathan Sheehy/Nikolas Moceanu (ACU) 6-3

Match Notes:
Abilene Christian 13-4
Florida State University 11-5; National ranking #41
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (1,2,6,3,5,4)

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