FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team took down # 70 Kennesaw State, 5-2, on Sunday afternoon, with the Owls holding their first ASUN loss this season. The Eagles improve to 11-6 and 4-1 in league play while KSU falls to 12-5 with a 4-1 ASUN record.
“Today was a fantastic day to be an Eagle!” said the head coach CJ Weber. “We’ve responded so well and lost the doubles. We’ve been working on so many things lately and today that has shown the guys’ hard work. We still have a lot of work to do in the next few weeks, but I ‘This team is very proud of me, and I am very happy for them. “
In doubles, junior Max Damm (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School) and redshirt-sophomore Magnus Johnson (Naples, Fla./Homeschool/UCF) won 7-5, but the Owls won the courts two and three to the point.
The Redshirt-sophomore before the match at Johnson won on Court One, 6-4, 6-4 as the singles in the Eagles fastened around. Guglielmo Stefanacci (Prato, Italy / International School of Florence) claimed victory on court five, 7-5, 6-3 to give Eagle the lead which they would not give up.
Redshirt-sophomore Randy Wilson (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic / Miami Palmetto / Louisville) Redshirt-sophomore before his fifth consecutive win for the Eagles, winning 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 Juan Lopez (Gachancipa, Colombia / Colegio Virtual Siglio XXI) clinched the match with FGCU for a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win on court six.
Graduate student Juan Montes (Pereira, Colombia / Colegio Lujan) added a cherry on top as he won on court 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
3. Sergio Ingles / Seru Tezuka (KSU) def. ONCINS, Eric / WILSON, Randy (FGCU) 7-6 (7-1)
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,5,3,6,4,2)
The Eagles will return to the courts on Friday when they host Lipscomb. The FGCU tennis complex is set for first serve from 5 p.m.
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FGCU is led by the three-time ASUN Coach of the Year CJ Weber, who has coached 32 ASUN All-Conference selections since joining the Green and Blue in 2011. In his seventh year, Weber has compiled an 114-83 (.577) overall record and a 47-19 (.707) record in ASUN play. . In 2014-15, Weber guided the Eagles to their first-ever ASUN Championship and a program-best 17 wins after the first-ever ASUN Regular Season title. In his third season, Weber led Jordi Vives to a. 35 national ranking, a nation-leading 14-match unbeaten streak and the round of 32 in the 2014 NCAA Tournament – the program’s first appearance. The Eagles completed a perfect ASUN regular season in both 2015 and 2016, finishing the conference titles as well as Coach of the Year honors. FGCU won again the 2017 ASUN Championship and made its second NCAA appearance. The Eagles returned to the mountaintop claiming the 2019 regular season and tournament championships. Weber won his third ASUN Coach of the Year honor and led the Green and Blue to their third trip to the NCAA Tournament.
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