Tallahassee, Fla. – The No. 15 Florida State men’s tennis team (10-3, 1-0) earned their first ACC win of the season with a thrilling 4-1 win over Georgia Tech (7-5, 1-2) at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center.
“It was a good win today over a very good hard-fought team,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “Georgia Tech came out and got the doubles point on us but I thought we responded well in singles getting all six first sets to gain control of the match. They fought back and won three-second sets but we gave ourselves a lead in those third sets. The key was we fought on all three courts and gave ourselves three options. Rana (Roop Singh Bhullar) got it done in a pretty physical match and I am pleased with how our guys came through at the end.”
The Seminoles fell behind early after losing their sixth doubles point of the season. Senior Alex Knaff and freshman Loris Pourroy teamed up for their second time this season to earn the only doubles win 6-1. The Yellow Jackets not long after took court two 6-3 before capturing court three 6-4 to take the doubles point.
The whole match changed once singles started as Florida State jumped out to take all six first sets and earned three consecutive points. Junior Sebastian Arcila earned the first Seminole point on court two with a dominant 6-2, 6-2 win. Pourroy followed him up with an easy 6-4, 6-3 on court three. Junior Chase Wood finished off the streak with a quick win of his own 6-2, 6-4 on court six.
Up 3-1 the Garnet and Gold gave up three-second sets on courts one, four and five as they all headed into the third sets. No. 104 ranked Bhullar won the first set swiftly 6-3 but Georgia Tech’s Brandon Freestone fought back to take the second set 6-4. The third set was back and forth but the Bhullar eventually came out on top 7-5 to clinch the Seminole win 4-1.
Florida State is back on the road next weekend to continue ACC play as they head to South Carolina to play Clemson March 5 before traveling back to Florida to take on Miami March 8.
Noles In The Polls
Florida State is coming into this weekend’s play ranked No. 15 in the latest Oracle/ITA rankings. The Noles lineup features two ranked singles players in seniors Alex Knaff No. 82 and Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar who comes in at No. 104.
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#15 Florida State University 4, Georgia Tech 1
Georgia Tech 7-5; 1-2 ACC
Florida State University 10-3; 1-0 ACC; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,3,6,5) FSU ACC Home Opener