Senior Spotlight: Men’s Tennis

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State men’s tennis will celebrate its three graduating seniors Sunday before the game against Virginia Tech at. 12 at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center. Sebastian Arcila, Bryn Nahrung and Richard Thongoana have contributed numerous victories to the program during their time at FSU and represented the university as well as student-athletes.

Sebastian Arcila

Arcila, a fifth-year senior from Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, came to Florida State as the No. 13 ranked player in the 2017 recruiting class. He has since competed at the Davis Cup as the number one player for Puerto Rico and in the Junior US Open.

He began his career as a Seminole in the spring of 2018 with a perfect 5-0 singles record and 4-0 doubles record. In the fall of 2018, he led the team with seven double victories and advanced to the finals of the ITA Southeast Regional with partner Alex Knaff after four straight double victories.

Arcila and Knaff were named ACC Doubles Pair of the Week of the Week in 2019. The duo achieved three ranked doubles victories during that season, including a victory over the No. 18 pair from the UCF during the NCAA Tournament. To start the fall season 2019, Arcila and Knaff were ranked No. 11 in the country.

In singles, Arcila started the spring season 2020 with a winning streak of five matches and earned her first two singles victories in her career. He recorded the fourth most singles victories on the team in the spring of 2021 and achieved an upset victory in doubles with Knaff against the No. 31 ranked pair from Georgia Tech.

“He’s definitely won some big games for us,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “Last year against Notre Dame, he helped us win it. He can win in many different ways.”

This year, Arcila opened the season with four wins in doubles with Loris Pourroy. Before being sidelined due to an injury, he earned two singles victories and played a close three-set match with No. 2 Ben Shelton of the University of Florida, which went unfinished.

Arcila is taking a bachelor’s degree in information, communication and technology from FSU and plans to work as a software engineer.

“Sebastian has really grown as a student-athlete, has excellent grades and already has a job waiting for him after college,” Hultquist said.

Bryn food

Nahrung came to Florida State via Brookfield, Queensland, Australia as the No. 17 ranked player in his class in Australia. He practiced six different sports while growing up before choosing to specialize in tennis.

At FSU, Nahrung has primarily been a double specialist. He started his first spring season with five double wins and got the double point against Auburn with Juan Martin Jalif.

He found a rhythm in the fall of 2019 with four wins in a row at the Bedford Cup with Richard Thongoana to claim the double title. Nahrung finished 6-2 in doubles that fall.

“He’s contributed with our team, especially in doubles,” Hultquist said. “He won a doubles tournament and has won some big wins in doubles, especially when we beat Auburn.”

Again, Nahrung started the spring season 2020 on a winning streak after beating the first three double opponents with Thongoana. In 2021, Nahrung earned an ACC double victory over Clemson with Chase Wood.

This season, Nahrung teamed up with Youcef Rihane to beat Samford 6-0 to help secure the double-point.

Off the field, Nahrung is a four-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was a member of the Seminole Student Boosters for two years. He is about to take a bachelor’s degree in finance and plans to take an MBA at FSU.

“When I think of Bryn, I think of someone who is a very good student-athlete,” Hulquist said. “He has been an excellent student and heavily involved in campus activities. He has represented our team well. He is great with people and will be very successful.”

Richard Thongoana

Thongoana joined the Florida State team as a four-time national champion in South Africa. The Johannesburg senior was the No. 1 U18 tennis player in Africa in 2016-17 and achieved a world-top 80 ITF ranking in 2017.

During her first fall at FSU, Thongoana won the Dick Vitale Collegiate Clay Court Invitational in doubles with Chase Wood. He also advanced to the quarterfinals at ITA Southeast Regional in singles.

Thongoana had an excellent rookie campaign in the spring of 2019 that included winning records in both singles (10-8) and doubles (9-7). He played his first collegiate match against Texas Tech in the first round of the ITA Kickoff Weekend. Thongoana also contributed to Noles’ NCAA Tournament victory in the first round over No. 30 UCF with a single victory on lane five. In doubles, Thongoana was ranked as high as No. 56 with Wood.

“Rich came to us and contributed to the team right away as a rookie,” Hultquist said. “Rich has been a four-year starter and he has won many college games for us.”

At the Bedford Cup in the fall of 2019, Thongoana claimed another doubles title through four wins in a row with Bryn Nahrung. Thongoana and Nahrung started the spring season 2020 with a three-game winning streak as Thongoana continued to finish 7-3 in doubles overall. He also went 2-1 in singles.

Last spring, Thongoana was just leading with five conference singles as he played the entire season on lanes two and three. He beat the No. 52 singles player from a top 20 UCF team for one of Florida State’s four wins over a nationally ranked singles opponent.

This year, Thongoana has primarily played in singles on lanes three and four. He scored an important point in FSU’s victory over No. 20 in North Carolina State and surrendered only two games in a quick victory over Boston College.

Thongoana is taking a bachelor’s degree in public health with a minor in chemistry and plans to go to post-secondary school.

“I would consider him one of the cutest guys we’ve ever had on our team,” Hulquist added. “He is incredibly fair and other teams see him that way. He has represented us well.”

Next

Nr. 33 Florida State will play the final home games of the season this weekend at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center, beginning with No. 8 Virginia on Friday at 7 p.m. 17.30. The Noles will celebrate Senior Day ahead of the game against Virginia Tech at 6 p.m. 12 pm Sunday.

Live statistics for Friday’s match can be found here.

Live statistics for Sunday’s match can be seen here.

For more information on the Seminole Men’s Tennis program, check out Seminoles.com and follow us on social media at FSUMTennis (IG) and @FSU_MTennis (TW).

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