Men's Tennis Slips Up vs. ND
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 30 Florida State Seminoles (13-8, 3-4 ACC) fell 4-2 to the No. 52 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12-8, 3-4 ACC) on Friday night at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center.
The match was featured on ACC Network Extra as the USTA/ACC Match of the Week. This was the second time the Seminoles have been featured, following a 4-0 victory at Louisville on March 24.
The Seminoles had a lead on each doubles court but were unable to capitalize, as No. 24 Eddy Covalschi/Josh Hagar came back to win 7-5 on court one over the No. 89 pair of redshirt juniors Lucas Poullain and Jose Gracia, allowing Alex Lebedev/Matt Gamble the space to win 7-5 on court two over juniors Terrell Whitehurst and Terrance Whitehurst.
In singles play, the Noles struck first as Gracia took down ND’s Matt Gamble in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 on court three.
On court one, No. 78 Iradukunda took on No. 54 Hagar. Iradukunda fell in singles for the first time in three dual matches, 6-2, 6-3 as the Irish retook the lead at 2-1.
On court four, Lebedev defeated Terrance Whitehurst 6-4, 6-3.
Down 3-1, Poullain rose up to win 7-6(0), 6-4 on court two to pull the Seminoles within a point. In the first set, Poullain swept the tiebreak 7-0 to take the advantage when FSU needed a spark.
Down 3-2 with Florida State needing to win both courts, Terrell Whitehurst was out in front in both the first and second sets, but was unable to take advantage as Notre Dame clinched the match 7-5, 7-5 on court five.
When the Noles had to have it, freshman Rana-Roop Singh Bhullar played big and was out to a 6-4, 3-6, 5-3 lead in the third when the match was clinched.
FSU’s highest-ranked player, No. 71 sophomore Aziz Dougaz, along with freshman Alex Knaff, were absent from the match representing their respective nations in the Davis Cup, the World Cup of tennis. With a singles and doubles win, Knaff led his native Luxembourg to a 3-0 victory over Albania, while Dougaz will represent Tunisia against Cyprus on Sunday April 9.
Dougaz previously represented Tunisia against top-seeded Sweden in January of this season, and this is Knaff’s third year in a row playing for Luxembourg.
The Seminoles will look to put an end to a four-match losing streak at home against the Boston College Eagles on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The Eagles have yet to gather a win in-conference, and Florida State is 13-0 all-time against Boston College.
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Notre Dame 4, #30 Florida State 2
1. #54 Josh Hagar (ND) def. #78 Guy Iradukunda (FS) 6-2, 6-3
2. Lucas Poullain (FS) def. Eddy Covalschi (ND) 7-6 (7-0), 6-4
3. Jose Gracia (FS) def. Matt Gamble (ND) 6-3, 6-3
4. Alex Lebedev (ND) def. Terrance Whitehurst (FS) 6-4, 6-3
5. Rana Roop Bhullar (FS) vs. Guillermo Cabrera (ND) 6-4, 3-6, 5-3, unfinished
6. Grayson Broadus (ND) def. Terrell Whitehurst (FS) 7-5, 7-5
Notre Dame 12-8 (3-4 ACC)
Florida State 13-8 (3-4 ACC); National ranking #30
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,1,4,2,6)