January 15, 2017 - by
Noles Fall to GSU, Finish 2-1 in FSU Invite

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-  The Florida State men’s tennis team (2-1) started off strong but eventually fell 4-2 to the Georgia State Panthers (3-0) in the championship match of the Florida State Invitational on Sunday in the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.

“I think it is very similar to the last match- clearly there’s some things we’ve got to do better,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “We’ve got to finish points better, finish sets better.”

The Seminoles opened with a 2-0 lead after sophomore Aziz Dougaz made quick work of his opponent on court one. All of the other courts were very close matches in which the Seminoles led at some point in the first set before falling. Two matches came down to tiebreakers in the second set.

The Seminoles earned wins over Louisiana (4-0) and South Alabama (4-3) Saturday in the opening day of the Florida State Invitational to make it to the championship match.

“I think we’ve got to learn, I think we’ve got learn from it,” Hultquist said. “Last year we weren’t ready to go at one stage and lost to Miami, and in the same week we beat the number one team in the country. I think we’ve got to learn from some of these mistakes.”

The Seminoles play again on Friday January 20 in a doubleheader against Florida Gulf Coast at 2:00 p.m. and Florida A&M at 6:00 p.m. at home at the Speicher Center.

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