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Liberty Falls to No. 25 Florida State

February 20, 2016  Tallahassee, Fla.  RSS
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Liberty Falls to No. 25 Florida State

The Liberty men's tennis squad fell to No. 25 Florida State by a score of 4-0 in the second of the Flames' three matches to be played this weekend in Tallahassee, Fla.

The Flames fall to 3-5, while the Florida State improves to 8-2 on the season.

The Seminoles captured the doubles point, winning in the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles positions. Aziz Dougaz and Michael Rinaldi bested Sam Matheson and Egon Samaai by a score of 6-1 to begin doubles action. The point was clinched following Jose Gracia and Jack Haffey's 6-4 victory over David Bush and Diego Castano.

Florida State rattled off three consecutive singles victories to take a commanding 4-0 lead following the Seminoles victory in doubles action.

Terrance Whitehurst defeated Alex Poynter in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1 in the No. 3 singles position to provide Florida State with a 2-0 lead.

Terrell Whitehurst and Gracia picked up straight set victories from the No. 4 and No. 5 singles positions, respectfully, giving the Seminoles the 4-0 advantage.

Samaai and Matheson were both competing well in their second sets before the match was called after Florida State clinched the victory. Matheson dropped the first set 6-2 to Rinaldi, but was tied at 3-3 in the second. Meanwhile, Samaai forced Dougaz into a long first set before slipping 7-5. The South Africa native was ahead 3-1 when the match was decided.

Liberty will close out its Florida trip with a non-conference bout against The Citadel tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. The contest will be played at the Speicher Tennis Center on the campus of Florida State.

Florida State 4, Liberty 0
Doubles          

  1. Dougaz/Rinaldi (FSU) def. Matheson/Samaai (LU), 6-1
  2. Whitehurst/Whitehurst (FSU) vs. Gutierrez/Poynter (LU), 5-3 unfinished
  3. Gracia/Haffey (FSU) def. Bush/Castano (LU), 6-4

Singles

  1. Rinaldi (FSU) vs. Matheson (LU), 6-2, 3-3 unfinished
  2. Dougaz (FSU) vs. Samaai (LU), 7-5, 1-3 unfinished
  3. Whitehurst (FSU) def. Poynter (LU), 6-0, 6-1
  4. Whitehurst (FSU) def. Gutierrez (LU), 6-1, 6-4
  5. Gracia (FSU) def. Castano (LU), 6-4, 6-3
  6. Haffey (FSU) vs. Burgess (LU), 6-3, 4-1 unfinished