TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The 20th ranked Florida State men’s tennis team (4-0, 0-0 ACC) picked up where they left off on Thursday and grabbed two more wins, improving to 4-0 on the year. With the two dominating wins, the Garnet and Gold have advanced to the Florida State Spring Invitational finals against FAU, Sunday at 1 pm.
“I thought we were a little sharper in tonight’s match,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “I liked how we played down the line. I thought we played with good energy in singles. We had double match point to win 5-0 and Bryn was up 6-5 on his court. We are getting better and we want to bring home the tournament championship. Tomorrow will be a good challenge against FAU.”
The day began as the Noles made quick work of the New Orleans Privateers in doubles, winning matches on courts two and three. The freshman duo of Richard Thongoana and Bryn Nahrung won convincingly on court three with a score of 6-1. Junior Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar and sophomore Chase Wood capped off the doubles point with a 6-4 win on court two.
In singles, Wood jumped out of the gates and never looked back winning 6-0, 6-2 on court five to give FSU a 2-0 lead. The match finished as Bhullar and fellow junior Alex Knaff finished almost simultaneously on courts three and one. Bhullar won 6-2, 6-2 and Knaff won 6-4, 6-2 on court one.
Florida State earned its fourth straight shutout victory in the afternoon with their fourth 4-0 win, this time over UAB. Nahrung won his fourth doubles match of the season, outscoring his opponents by a combined 24-5. He teamed up with Junior Enzo Le Seguillon who earned his first doubles win of the spring. The doubles point was capped off by a 6-4 win by Wood and Bhullar.
Knaff earned his third singles win of the early season to start of singles play and to give the Noles a 2-0 lead. Bhullar followed it up with a 6-2, 6-1 win on court two extending the Florida State lead to 3-0. Sophomore Sebastian Arcila capped things off with his second match clincher in just two singles matches played.
The match ended at four, but Le Seguillon was just one point away from winning on court three, while Nahrung was serving for the match up 6-5.
The win moved Florida State into the final of the Florida State Invitational, where they will take on FAU at 1 pm at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Courts.
Dougaz Wins Another Doubles Title
While all of the team action was going on in Tallahassee, senior Aziz Dougaz earned his sixth pro doubles title in the last 12 months. He won 6-4, 5-7, 10-3 in the doubles final in the Tucson, Ariz. Futures.
“Huge congratulations to Aziz for winning another doubles title out in Tucson,” said Hultquist. “To have six titles in the past year has shown his progress and how he has improved his doubles game.”
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#20 Florida State University 4, New Orleans 0
New Orleans 0-0
Florida State University 2-0; National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,3,1)
#20 Florida State University 4, UAB 0
Florida State University 3-0; National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,2,5)