WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Florida State men’s and women’s tennis teams began play on Wednesday in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championship. The Noles came away with two wins as redshirt senior Lucas Poullain and sophomore Carla Touly advanced to the round of 32.
The day got started with an early morning 8 a.m. match as Poullain took on Florida’s Oliver Crawford. Poullain jumped out of the gates hot taking a 4-0 lead in the first set. Crawford grabbed his only game of the first set as Poullain went on to win 6-1. The second set was not much different as Poullain jumped out to a 2-0 lead before letting up his only game of the second set en route to a 6-1 win in the second set. Poullain’s match only lasted an hour and 15 minutes as he defeated Crawford for the second time this season.
Poullain will be taking on Valentin Vacherot of Texas A&M in the second-round tomorrow. Vacherot defeated Nicolas Alvarez of Duke in the first round.
Touly picked up right where Poullain left off as she dominated the first set. She jumped out to a 5-0 lead by winning three deuce points before surrendering her first game. Touly went on to win the first set 6-1. The second set was a little closer as Touly and Tobita of Oregon were back and forth until the match was tied at 2-2. Touly grabbed her first lead of the set as she went up 4-2. Tobita narrowed the lead to 4-3 before Touly went on to win the final two games and the match. Touly won five deuce points during her match.
Touly will be taking on Mayar Sherif Ahmed of Pepperdine in the second-round tomorrow. Sherif defeated Katarina Jokic of Georgia in the first round.
Iradukunda was not as fortunate today as he was the Seminoles’ only loss in the first round of the singles championship. He lost the first set 6-3 to USC’s Brandon Holt but came back to win the second set 6-4. Iradukunda could not keep it up as he lost to Holt 6-1 in the third set.
Poullain and Touly will be back at it again tomorrow morning in the second round of the NCAA Singles Championship.