FORT MYERS, Florida. –The #72 FGCU men’s tennis team swept the singles Sunday morning to defeat Jacksonville State, 6-1, wrapping up the home roster for the regular season. The Eagles improve to 13-6 on aggregate and 6-1 in ASUN while the Gamecocks fall to 7-9 and 2-5 in the league.
“Jacksonville State did a great job jumping on us in doubles,” the head coach said J.C. Weber. “Just like the Kennesaw State game a week ago, however, the guys responded extremely well in singles to beat an extremely tough team by one point after the doubles. The guys are learning and growing, and we just have to stay focused. the rest of the season to continue to reach our potential. We can’t wait to get to Alabama next week to play UNA!”
After dropping the double point, redshirt-sophomore Guglielmo Stefanacci (Prato, Italy/International School of Florence) tied the game with a 6-1, 6-4 win on court five past a graduate student John Montes (Pereira, Colombia/Colegio Lujan) won by the same scoreline on court four to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead.
Redshirt-Sophomore Marcelo Sepulveda (Monterrey, Mexico/Penn Foster/Alabama) led the Eagles 3-1 with a 6-2, 6-3 win on court two, its 10th victory of the spring.
Redshirt-Sophomore Juan Lopez (Gachancipa, Colombia/Colegio Virtual Siglio XXI) won the game for the Eagles with a 6-2, 6-4 win on court six.
On court one, redshirt-sophomore Magnus Johnson (Naples, Fla./Homeschool/UCF) lost 6-3 in the first set tiebreaker, but came back to claim the final five points of the set. In the second set, he took a 6-2 victory for his 15th victory of the season.
Redshirt-Sophomore Randy Wilson (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic/Miami Palmetto/Louisville) ended the day with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory, moving to 9-0 in third place this spring.
#72 FGCU 6, Jacksonville State 1
action for singles
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 Arbeláez (JSU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
4. MONTES, Juan (FGCU) defeated. 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) defeated. 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
Finishing order: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,4,2,6,1,3)
The Eagles wrap up the regular season on Saturday when they travel to North Alabama. The first service from Florence is set for 10 a.m.
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FGCU is led by three-time ASUN Coach of the Year J.C. Weber, who has coached 32 ASUN All-Conference selections since joining the Green and Blue in 2011. In his seventh year, Weber compiled a 116-83 (.583) overall record and a 49- 19 (.721) in the ASUN game. In 2014-15, Weber guided the Eagles to their first-ever ASUN championship and first-ever ASUN regular-season title after a program-best 17 wins. In his third season, Weber led Jordi Vives to No. 35 in the national rankings, a nation-leading 14-game unbeaten streak, and the Round of 16 at the 2014 NCAA Tournament – the program’s first appearance. The Eagles finished a perfect ASUN regular season in 2015 and 2016, finishing with conference titles as well as Coach of the Year honor for Weber. FGCU once again won the 2017 ASUN Championship and made their second appearance in the NCAA. The Eagles returned to the top of the mountain by winning the 2019 regular season and tournament championships. Weber won his third ASUN Coach of the Year award and led the Greens and Blues to their third trip to the NCAA Tournament .
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