FORT MYERS, Fla. – For the first time this season, the FGCU men’s tennis team has entered the ITA top 75 rankings, and is No. 72. The Eagles are currently 11-6 on the season after defeating Kennesaw State on Sunday.
“We have known all along this year that we deserve to be on the rankings and I am very happy that the boys are getting this little reward for our efforts,” the head coach said. CJ Weber. “Our conference is really close this year, and in the end we know that rankings have no bearing on who wins or loses; so we need to stay focused on what we’ve been up all year, especially lately. the last few weeks. Our conference is very exciting this year and I can not wait to see how everything shakes out! We are ready for it! “
Against Kennesaw on Friday, the Green and Blue Owls won, 5-2, and won five of the six singles matches to improve to 4-1 in ASUN, where they sat at the top of the ASUN standings with the Owls and North Florida . Red shirt-other Magnus Johnson (Napoli, Fla./Homeschool/UCF) picked up their team-leading 13th victory in the spring and won 6-4, 6-4 on lane 1.
Red shirt-other Randy Wilson (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic / Miami Palmetto / Louisville) also won on lane three, coming from behind to win in three sets for its fifth straight win to improve to 11-3 this year.
In doubles, Johnson and junior Max Damm (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School) leads the Eagles with 10 wins, while Wilson and sophomore Eric Oncins (Orlando, Fla./Montverde Academy) is bound by red-shirt sophomore Marcelo Sepulveda (Monterrey, Mexico / Penn Foster / Alabama) and graduate students Juan Montes (Pereira, Colombia / Colegio Lujan) with seven victories.
FGCU is one of three ASUN teams on the rankings this week as Liberty enters at # 69 while North Florida checks in just ahead of the Eagles at # 71. TCU sits at the top of the poll and regains the top spot after being # 3 last week.
The Eagles will look to strengthen their position as they are at home in two games this weekend. They have to fight against Lipscomb on Friday at. 5pm for Senior Day before taking on Jacksonville State, Sunday at 10.00
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FGCU is led by three times ASUN Coach of the Year CJ Weber, who has coached 32 ASUN All-Conference committees since joining Green and Blue in 2011. In his seventh year, Weber has collected an overall record of 114-83 (.577) and a record of 47-19 (. 707) in ASUN games. In 2014-15, the Weber Eagles guided to their first ever ASUN Championship and first ASUN Regular Season title ever after 17 victories in the program. In his third season, Weber led Jordi Vives to a No. 35 national ranking, a nationwide 14-game unbeaten streak and the quarterfinals of the 2014 NCAA Tournament – the program’s first appearance. The Eagles completed a perfectly regular ASUN season in both 2015 and 2016, concluding with conference titles as well as an honor for Coach of the Year for Weber. FGCU again won the 2017 ASUN Championship and made its second NCAA appearance. The Eagles returned to the top of the mountain by claiming the 2019 regular season and tournament championships. Weber received his third honor for ASUN Coach of the Year and led Green and Blue to their third trip to the NCAA Tournament.
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FGCU teams have teamed up to win an incredible 89 regular season conferences and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at Division I level. In addition, in just 10 seasons with DI postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a total of 43 teams or individuals to compete in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have achieved a top-25 national ranking in their respective sports – including women’s basketball (No. 20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2022) and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer ( 2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-17, Green and Blue posted a division best sixth place in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top-100 at the national level, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and the state of Florida’s top seven teams that earned the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their academic progress rate in their sport. The FGCU also achieved a combined record of 3.50 GPA in the classroom in the fall 2020 semester and has surpassed the general university undergraduate population for 25 consecutive semesters. The last five semesters (autumn 2019 – autumn 2021) saw another milestone reached, as all 15 programs achieved a team GPA of 3.0 or higher in each. The Eagles also earned a record-breaking 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – and were recognized as one of two runners-up to the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award given by the Fiesta Bowl.