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Men's Tennis

Men’s Tennis Finishes as Runners-Up in First Tourney of Spring

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Atlantic University men's tennis team fell to No. 20 Florida State on Sunday, but finished 2-1 on the weekend and as runners-up in the weekend's FSU Spring Invitational.
 
Notables:
  • The doubles portion was hard-fought. In fact, the Owls took the first of the three matches, as the No. 2-seeded combo of  Kirac Bekisoglu and Gabriel Sidney won by a 6-3 score
  • FSU knotted it up in the No. 3 slot, and needed a tiebreak to take the No. 1 pairing, 7-5, for the doubles point
  • The Seminoles swept the three singles matches to clinch the win
  • Among the other three unfinished battles, Ignacio Garcia had forced a third set at No. 5 (6-3, 4-6, 1-0), and Alvaro Fernandez Horta lost a tiebreaker in the first and was battling in the second when the result was tallied (7-5, 2-3) 
Quotable:
Head Coach Ricardo Gonzalez on the FSU Spring Invitational as a whole:
"Overall, our team had a solid weekend. I am extremely pleased with the way we competed on Saturday against two great teams. Our team showed a lot of fight and grit during the tough moments and that's what it's all about."
 
Gonzalez on Sunday:
"Today we started off on a good note playing great doubles against Florida State. We had plenty of opportunities to take that point, but FSU played a little better than us when it mattered the most.
 
"Our team could've performed way better during singles play. I am not pleased, but we need to learn and get better. Credit to FSU. They were the better team today and their coaches are doing a great job with that program."
 
Full Results:
FSU 4, FAU 0
Doubles Singles What's Next:
The Owls will have two matches in Orlando next Saturday, Jan. 19, as part of the USTA National Campus Collegiate Series. First up is UNCW at 9 a.m., followed by a matchup against BYU at 3 p.m.
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