Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State men’s tennis team moved to 6-1 on the season with a 4-1 win over No. 68 Troy Sunday afternoon at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The 29th-ranked Seminoles won the doubles point and four of the five singles matches that finished to move to 10-0 all-time against the Trojans.
For the second consecutive match, Florida State won all three doubles matches as Courts 2 and 3 finished within two seconds of each other. On Court 1, seniors Benjamin Lock and Marco Nunez remained unbeaten in the spring in doubles after a 6-2 win. On Court 3, freshman Aziz Dougaz and sophomore Jose Gracia were playing together for the first time and came out 7-5 winners.
In singles, Terrance Whitehurst was again the first player to finish with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Filip Mansson on Court 4. The sophomore Whitehurst has yet to drop a set this season and has not allowed an opponent to win more than three games in any of his 14 sets played.After Troy notched its only point on Court 5, the top of the Florida State lineup began to shine. On Court 1, Lock won 6-2, 6-2 over Daniel Bustamante, who earlier in the weekend beat No. 23 Piotr Lomacki of Miami, and Nunez won on Court 2, 6-4, 6-4, over Vaclav Slezak.
Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist:
“Troy had a shot at the doubles, and it was key when we broke serve at 4-all on Courts 2 and 3. That was one of the keys of the match, and finishing to get the doubles point. The guys up top played well today. Ben and Marco were sharp, winning a lot of points at the net, very engaged. Terrance has been putting people away solidly the whole year. I’m pleased he’s making a run right now.”
On the change in the singles and doubles lineup:
“We’ve played a lot early in the year here. We’ve played seven matches and had a bunch in Hawai’i and a couple of guys are beat up right now. We made the change today and it gave a chance for Michael [Rinaldi] to have a rest and get healthy. That’s crucial for us. Terrell [Whitehurst] has been in and out of the lineup due to health so we gave him off today.”
On playing freshman Aziz Dougaz on Court 3 this weekend for the first time:
“Aziz is learning. I liked today that he was down a set and 3-0 in the second and came back to win the second set. It takes a while to get used to playing college matches, and it’s seldom that a freshman comes in and tears it up. There’s an adjustment period. He had a really good weekend last weekend, and this weekend he lost a match and didn’t finish the other. He’s going to be really good for us and I think today was a growing experience. I like that he was down in doubles both Friday and today and came back and won both matches. That’s something to build on.”
Florida State improved to 6-1 on the season and 10-0 all-time against the Trojans.
FSU is 4-1 against ranked opponents this season.
#29 Florida State travels to #4 Texas A&M for a Friday night matchup in College Station, Texas. Texas A&M owns a 7-2 all-time advantage, but the teams have not met since 2008.
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No. 29 Florida State 4, No. 68 Troy 1
January 31, 2016 – Scott Speicher Tennis Center, Tallahassee, Fla.
#15 Benjamin Lock (FSU) def. Daniel Bustamante (TROY), 6-2, 6-2
#77 Marco Nunez (FSU) def. Vaclav Slezak (TROY), 6-4, 6-4
Aziz Dougaz (FSU) vs. Andy Lau (TROY), 3-6, 6-4, 0-3, dnf
Terrance Whitehurst (FSU) def. Filip Mansson (TROY), 6-1, 6-3
Pablo Moreno (TROY) def. Jose Gracia (FSU), 6-4, 6-1
Jake Albo (FSU) vs. Mustapha Belcora (TROY), 6-3, 4-5, dnf
Lock/Nunez (FSU) def. Tomas Fernandez/Mansson (TROY), 6-2
#55 Whitehurst/Terrell Whitehurst (FSU) def. Andre Baldo/Lau (TROY), 6-4
Dougaz/Gracia (FSU) def. Belcora/Moreno (TROY), 7-5
Order of Finish – Singles: 4,5,1,2; Doubles: 1,2,3