Rome, GA – The Seminole Men’s Tennis extended its stay at the ACC Championships in dramatic fashion Thursday afternoon after an epic battle with No. 34 Notre Dame. Three of the singles matches went to three sets and there were six tiebreakers in total but in the end, FSU secured points on courts 3-6, coming from 3-1 behind to take the match 4-3. Florida State fell behind 1-0, then 2-0 and then 3-1 but went 4-1 in singles tiebreakers and won two of the three matches that went to three sets.
“What a great college match,” said FSU Head Coach Dwayne Hultquist. “Going down 3-1 we had to dig deep to get the win. This team has continued to play better every week as the year has gone on.”
Florida State dropped a razor-thin doubles point. Alex Knaff and Sebastian Arcila got the Seminoles off to a lead with a 6-4 win on line two. The nation’s 37th-ranked doubles team from Notre Dame evened it up by narrowly defeating FSU’s 43rd-ranked team of Loris Pourroy and Marcus Walters 5-7. That left it up to Andreja Petrovic and Chase Wood on court three. The match came down to a tiebreaker where Notre Dame secured the point 6-7 (2-7).
With the match tipping towards the Fighting Irish in singles, both Walters and Chase Wood almost simultaneously turned things around. Each won tiebreakers in the first set to start to swing things in the Seminoles’ favor. Petrovic won 6-4, 6-2 to cut the FSU deficit to 2-1. After falling behind the Irish 3-1, Walters won a second tiebreaker to secure another point for the Seminoles with a 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-5) win. With the lead once again cut, Arcila was down 2-5 in the third set on court three before fighting back to surge in front 6-5. The junior then won the fourth tiebreaker of the day for FSU to even things at 3-3. That left it up to Wood on court six. After splitting the first two sets, Wood fell behind 1-3 in the third but closed out the win by taking five of the next six games for a 6-4 win.
“Chase has been great his entire career with the match on the line,” said Hultquist. “He has won numerous times when he has been in that position including securing a win over No. 1 Wake Forest a few years ago. What a great senior moment for him.
“Seb was unbelievable as well. He was down 5-2 in the third and down in every service game. A really clutch performance.”
The Seminoles now continue play in the ACC Championships tomorrow. FSU will face fourth-seeded and 25th-ranked NC State at 2:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals. For more information on the 2021 Seminole Men’s Tennis program, please follow us on social at FSUMTennis (IG) and @FSU_MTennis (TW) and log on to Seminoles.com.