FORT MYERS, Fla. – The # 72 FGCU men’s tennis team swept through the singles Sunday morning to beat Jacksonville State 6-1, finishing home to the regular season. The Eagles improve to 13-6 overall and 6-1 in ASUN, while the Gamecocks fall to 7-9 and 2-5 in league games.
“Jacksonville State did a great job of jumping on us in doubles,” the head coach said CJ Weber. “Like the Kennesaw State game a week ago, however, the boys responded extremely well in singles to beat an extremely tough team down one point after dubs. The boys are learning and growing and we just have to stay focused the rest of the game. to continue to reach our potential. We look forward to heading up to Alabama next week to play UNA! “
After losing double points, red shirt-second Guglielmo Stefanacci (Prato, Italy / International School of Florence) equalized with a 6-1, 6-4 victory on lane five before graduate students Juan Montes (Pereira, Colombia / Colegio Lujan) won with the same score on lane four, giving the Eagles a 2-1 lead.
Red shirt-other Marcelo Sepulveda (Monterrey, Mexico / Penn Foster / Alabama) brought the Eagles up 3-1 with a 6-2, 6-3 win on lane two, his 10th win of the spring.
Red shirt-other Juan Lopez (Gachancipa, Colombia / Colegio Virtual Siglio XXI) managed the match for the Eagles with a 6-2, 6-4 victory on lane six.
On lane 1, red jersey-second Magnus Johnson (Napoli, Fla./Homeschool/UCF) was down 6-3 in tiebreaker in the first set, but came back to win the last five points of the set. In the second set, he crossed to a 6-2 win for his 15th win of the season.
Red shirt-other Randy Wilson (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic / Miami Palmetto / Louisville) ended the day with a come-from-behind victory of 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 and improved to 9-0 at the No. 3 position in spring.
# 72 FGCU 6, Jacksonville State 1
1. JOHNSON, Magnus (FGCU) def. Joaquin Vallejo (JSU) 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
2. SEPULVEDA, Marcelo (FGCU) def. Thomas Norwood (JSU) 6-2, 6-3
3. WILSON, Randy (FGCU) def. Vicente Arbelaez (JSU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
4. MONTES, Juan (FGCU) def. Vanja Dobrnjac (JSU) 6-1, 6-4
5. STEFANACCI, Gugli (FGCU) def. Jordi Blanchar (JSU) 6-1, 6-4
6. LOPEZ, Juan (FGCU) def. Daisuke Inagawa (JSU) 6-2, 6-4
1. Jordi Blanchar / Vanja Dobrnjac (JSU) def. DAMM, Max / JOHNSON, Magnus (FGCU) 6-4
2. Daisuke Inagawa / Thomas Norwood (JSU) def. SEPULVEDA, Marcelo / MONTES, Juan (FGCU) 6-4
3. WILSON, Randy / ONCINS, Eric (FGCU) def. Joaquin Vallejo / Alex Vishnevskiy (JSU) 6-3
Order of finish: Double (3,1,2); Singles (5,4,2,6,1,3)
The Eagles end the regular season on Saturday when they travel to North Alabama. The first serving from Florence is set for at. 10.00
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