TALLAHASSEE – The No. 17 Florida State men’s tennis team defeated No. 29 Louisville 4-0 on Friday afternoon at Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center.
‘It was a very hard-fought match; not often do you have a match where all six games go to a third set,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “It was important how we played doubles. They are a very good doubles team and for us to get the doubles point was very critical. They are a top-25 team and will be even better later in the year.”
Florida State jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, after it won the doubles point.
Maks Silagy and Barnaby Smith gave FSU their first doubles win after their 6-3 win on court No. 3, and then Antoine Cornut-Chauvinc and Joshua Dous-Karpenschif’s 7-5 victory over No. 68-ranked Sergio Hernandez and Etienne Donnet clinched the doubles point for the Seminoles.
After two rain delays and all courts needing third sets, Andreja Petrovic’s 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 win on court No. 2 gave Florida State a 2-0 lead.
Dous-Karpenschif battled back from a 4-2 deficit in his third set, before winning 7-5, placing the Seminoles only one point away from victory.
Despite dropping the first set, Cournut-Chauvinc’s 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 come-from-behind win on court No. 1 clinched the victory for the Seminoles. Cornut-Chauvinc won four straight games in the second set after being down 4-2, requiring a third set to be played.
“After Antoine lost the first set, and bounced back to clinch the match, Youcef loses first set, and also was at match point to clinch, those guys coming from behind and battling was really key,” Hultquist said. “We showed a lot of toughness, gained momentum from the second rain delay and pulled away to get the win. Everyone in the ACC is tough and we’ve got to get ready for Notre Dame on Sunday.”
Florida State is now 11-5 on the season. The Seminoles resume play against No. 43 Notre Dame on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center. Live stats and live video will be available on Seminoles.com.
#17 Florida State 4, #29 Louisville 0
- #4 Antoine Cornut-Chauvinc (FSU) def. #36 Etienne Donnet (LOU) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
- Loris Pourroy (FSU) vs. #60 Natan Rodrigues (LOU) 7-6, 5-7, 0-2 (unfinished)
- #107 Youcef Rihane vs. #50 Fabian Salle (LOU) 3-6, 7-6, 5-4 (unfinished)
- Joshua Dous-Karpenschif def. David Mizrahi (LOU) 6-1, 0-6, 7-5
- Andreja Petrovic (FSU) def. Andre Steinbach (LOU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
- Jamie Connel (FSU) vs. Sergio…
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