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Tennis Shuts Out GWU, CofC

Seminoles.com | February 11, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-  The Florida State men’s tennis team (8-2) swept the George Washington Colonials (4-2) and the College of Charleston Cougars (2-1) each by the score of 4-0 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center on Saturday.

“It was a good day. We didn’t drop any points, which I thought was good,” Florida State head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “One of the things that I really liked was even in the matches that we didn’t win, we were ahead in all of those matches.”

Against the Colonials, the doubles point was hotly contested. The Seminoles claimed court one 6-3, and George Washington took court two 6-4. Senior Jack Haffey and redshirt junior Lucas Poullain took the third and deciding court to a tiebreak, where they won 7-6(1).

“It was tough this morning in doubles, but we came back and played well in singles,” Poullain said. “This afternoon was much better. It was a great day for us.”

In singles, the Noles got out to quick start as junior Terrell Whitehurst took court five 6-1, 6-1 in straight sets. Poullain took court two 6-2, 6-1, followed closely by junior Guy Iradukunda with a 6-3, 6-2 victory to clinch the 4-0 sweep of the Colonials.

“I thought we had really good effort from Lucas today,” Hultquist said. “He was one of the first ones off in both matches and was very dominant. He had four wins today and clearly had a really strong showing.”

In the afternoon match against the Cougars, the warmed-up Noles got out to a fast start and wasted no time in taking both courts one and three 6-2 to go up 1-0.

Poullain once again made short work of College of Charleston’s Benedikt Henning with a 6-1, 6-2 victory on court two, followed by freshman Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Jake Kusmider.

Junior Terrance Whitehurst defeated Vasily Kichigin 6-0, 6-3 on court three to clinch the second sweep of the day for the Seminoles. The Noles did not drop a point in either match on the day.

Next up, Florida State hosts west coast power Pepperdine on Friday, February 24 at home in the Scott Speicher Tennis Center, the first of six 2017 matches that will be carried and streamed worldwide on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.  

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