FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team beat # 70 Kennesaw State, 5-2, Sunday afternoon, handing Owls their first ASUN loss this season. The Eagles improve to 11-6 and 4-1 in league play, while KSU drops to 12-5 with an ASUN record of 4-1.
“Today was a great day to be an eagle!” said the head coach CJ Weber. “We responded so well after losing the doubles. We’ve been working on so many things recently, and today was a day that the guys’ hard work showed. We still have a lot of work to do in the next few weeks, but I I is very proud of this team and I am very happy on their behalf for this victory. “
I double, junior Max Damm (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School) and red-shirt sophomore Magnus Johnson (Napoli, Fla./Homeschool/UCF) won 7-5, but Owls won on lanes two and three to take points.
Things quickly turned for the Eagles in singles as Johnson won on lanes 1, 6-4, 6-4 to level the match before the red jersey-second second Guglielmo Stefanacci (Prato, Italy / International School of Florence) claimed victory on lane five, 7-5, 6-3 to give the Eagles the lead, which they would not give up.
Red shirt-other Randy Wilson (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic / Miami Palmetto / Louisville) hit another point for the Eagles, winning 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 for their fifth straight win before the red jersey-second second win Juan Lopez (Gachancipa, Colombia / Colegio Virtual Siglio XXI) managed the match for FGCU with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 victory on lane six.
Graduate student Juan Montes (Pereira, Colombia / Colegio Lujan) added a cherry on top as he won on lane four, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.
FGCU 5, # 70 Kennesaw State 2
1. JOHNSON, Magnus (FGCU) def. Matthew Terry (KSU) 6-4, 6-4
2. Raul Garcia (KSU) def. SEPULVEDA, Marcelo (FGCU) 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 1-0 (10-7)
3. WILSON, Randy (FGCU) def. Harvey Conway (KSU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
4. MONTES, Juan (FGCU) def. Kevin Patel (KSU) 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
5. STEFANACCI, Gugli (FGCU) def. Sergio Ingles (KSU) 7-5, 6-3
6. LOPEZ, Juan (FGCU) def. Hugo Salmeron (KSU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
1. JOHNSON, Magnus / DAMM, Max (FGCU) def. Hugo Salmeron / Matthew Terry (KSU) 7-5
2. Harvey Conway / Raul Garcia (KSU) def. SEPULVEDA, Marcelo / MONTES, Juan (FGCU) 6-4
Sergio Ingles / Seru Tezuka (KSU) def. ONCINS, Eric / WILSON, Randy (FGCU) 7-6 (7-1)
Order of finish: Double (1,2,3); Singles (1,5,3,6,4,2)
The Eagles return to the pitches on Friday when they host Lipscomb. The first serve from the FGCU tennis complex is set for kl. 17.00
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