Tallahassee, FL – With nearly the entire third set played after all the other matches had ended, the spotlight was on redshirt-junior Chase Wood in a rare start Friday. The Knoxville, TN native was on court six in a 3-3 match and moving into the deciding set. Wood fought off two breaks to take his match 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 and secure the win for the Seminoles over FAU.
“That was a really good victory,” said FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “FAU has a very good team. There’s a pretty good chance they are an NCAA Tournament team. They have had some good wins this year and I thought they did a good job of battling back in singles.
“It came down to number six and Chase has been in that position a lot and come through a lot. He clinched versus No. 1 Wake Forest a few years ago. He clinched against Cal-Berkley his sophomore year. Chase has risen to the occasion when he has been put in that position. I am really pleased for him to have a really big win like this.”
Florida State took the early lead securing the doubles point in just 30 minutes. The nation’s No. 73 doubles pair of Loris Pourroy and Marcus Walters came off first with a convincing 6-1 win. Richard Thongoana and Sebastian Arcila weren’t far behind securing the win with a 6-2 victory.
“Doubles was excellent,” said Hultquist. “We got off to early leads and picked up the point rather easily. We have been growing and getting better in doubles the last few weeks.”
Pourroy, playing on line one, made quick work of his opponent in singles putting FSU in front 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 win. Arcila quickly secured the third point for the Seminoles with his straight set 6-2, 6-4 win. After FAU tied the match up at 3-3, it came down to line six and Wood. The redshirt-junior, who had played in just six singles matches in 2021 prior to Friday, came through and clinched the victory.
“Loris got us off to a great start to get us to two,” said Hultquist. “Sebastian was sharp today to get us the third point.”
The Seminoles will complete the home portion of their 2021 schedule next week with two ACC matches. Thursday, April 8 FSU will face Boston College at 12:00 p.m. Then Friday, April 9 the Seminoles will host Miami at 12:00. The Seminole senior class will be honored following completion of the doubles point versus the Hurricanes.
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