TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The men’s tennis team finished a combined 6-2 in singles and doubles competition at the Crimson Tide Four-in-the-Fall tournament hosted by the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Friday.
“We had a strong day again today,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “I was real pleased with what we had on the court and the fight and resolve our guys showed, each playing three matches on the day.”
The day began with two doubles matches for each Seminole squad. Albo and Gracia started the day off with an 8-6 win over twin brothers Alex and Ian Van Cott of Tulane. They advanced to face Max Schmidt and Diego Pedraza of Dartmouth in their second doubles match of the day, and again prevailed with an 8-6 win.
The duo will next face the No. 37 doubles team in the country, Andrew Goodwin and Becker O’Shaughnessey of host Alabama. That match will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday.
In singles play, Gracia, playing in the Singles 2 draw, defeated Trey Carter of Samford, 6-4, 6-1. For Hultquist, it was nice seeing Gracia go 3-0 Friday as he returns from injury.
“I was really thrilled with the progress that Jose was showing off the injury,” said Hultquist. “Knowing that he can come out and dominate the way he did today is huge for his confidence and for our team.”
Meanwhile, Jake Albo beat George Wall of Dartmouth, 6-4, 6-1, to cement his perfect day. Gracia will play his second singles match of the tournament Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. against Rice’s David Warren, and Albo will take on No. 48-ranked O’Shaughnessey of Alabama at 10:30 a.m.
The second doubles team, Jack Haffey and Joao Gauer, went 1-1 on Day 1 of the tournament, beating Gian Issa and Robin Riethmueller of Middle Tennessee State, 8-7 (5). They lost the second match in a hard fought tiebreaker against South Alabama, 8-7 (4). The two will face Austin Akers and Fares Kilani of Samford Saturday morning at 9 a.m.
In singles play, Haffey defeated Liam Sullivan of Samford, 7-6 (6), 6-2. Haffey had to fight off two set points in the first set to secure the victory.
“Jack had an excellent day,” said Hultquist. “If he doesn’t fight off those two set points in the first, he probably doesn’t come out and dominate in the second set the way he did. It was a strong day in singles and doubles for Jack.”
Gauer dropped the only singles set of the day for the ‘Noles, falling 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 to Danny Kerznerman of Alabama. Gauer took the first set from the Crimson Tide, but struggled in the final two sets playing on the opponent’s home court. Kerznerman is viewed as one of the top collegiate newcomers in the country.
Haffey will take on Andrew Goodwin of Alabama at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, while Gauer will face Alex Van Cott of Tulane at 12 p.m.
For continued coverage of the Crimson Tide Four-in-the-Fall tournament, visit Seminoles.com and follow the ‘Noles on Twitter (@FSU_MTennis) for updated results as they are completed.
Four-in-the-Fall Friday results:
Singles Draw 1: Danny Kerznerman (UA) def. Joao Gauer (FSU), 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
Singles Draw 2: Jake Albo (FSU) def. George Wall (Dartmouth), 6-4, 6-1
Singles Draw 2: Jose Gracia (FSU) def. Trey Carter (Samford), 6-4, 6-4
Singles Draw 3: Jack Haffey (FSU) def. Liam Sullivan (Samford), 7-6 (6), 6-2
Doubles Draw 3: Jack Haffey/Joao Gauer (FSU) def. Gian Issa/Robin Riethmueller (MTSU), 8-7 (5)
Doubles Draw 3: Tuki Jacobs/Juan Troglia (South Alabama) def. Jack Haffey/Joao Gauer (FSU), 8-7 (4)