FORT MYERS, Florida. – It was a clean sweep for the 72nd-ranked FGCU men’s tennis team on senior night as the Eagles beat Lipscomb, 7-0. The Greens and Blues improve to 12-6 on aggregate and 5-1 in ASUN while the Bisons fall to 4-12 and 1-5 in the league. With the win, the Eagles also clinched a spot in the ASUN Championship which will be hosted by the FGCU from April 22-24.
Between doubles and singles, the Eagles honored their two seniors, John Montes and Pedro Maciel. Montes has been a five-year member of the Greens and Blues and was a two-time All-ASUN selection. Maciel has been with the Eagles for four years, contributing to the Eagles’ streak of success with solid singles and doubles play.
“Today was another fantastic game for us,” said the head coach. J.C. Weber. “Lipscomb came out shooting in doubles but luckily we were able to weather the storm and still take the point in doubles. And then in singles we just took care of business. It was a great senior day for Montes and Pedro! I really enjoyed celebrating them today, and it was great to get a good win for both of them. Montes played amazing today! His family was here in town, so it It was a really special day for him!”
Doubles, second year Eric Oncins (Orlando, Fla./Montverde Academy) and redshirt-sophomore Randy Wilson (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic/Miami Palmetto/Louisville) got some breaks early and held on to win 6-4 on court three. On court one, junior Max Dam (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School) and redshirt-sophomore Magnus Johnson (Naples, Fla./Homeschool/UCF) trailed 4-1, but won the final five games in the set to clinch the doubles point for the Eagles.
With the Eagles now up 1-0, Montes quickly doubled the lead with a 6-0, 6-0 win on court four. Oncins followed on court six with a 6-2, 6-1 win to make it 3-0.
Redshirt-Sophomore Guglielmo Stefanacci (Prato, Italy/International School of Florence) won the match for the Eagles, winning 6-2, 6-2 on court five.
Wilson and Johnson each added straight-set wins on courts three and one, respectively, ahead of the redshirt sophomore Marcelo Sepulveda (Monterrey, Mexico/Penn Foster/Alabama) ended the night with a 7-6(1), 6-2 win on court two.
#72 FGCU 7, Lip Comb 0
action for singles
1. JOHNSON, Magnus (FGCU) def. BOGDANOVICH, Maksim (LIP) 6-2, 6-2
2. SEPULVEDA, Marcelo (FGCU) def. MESQUIDA, Alex (LIP) 7-6 (7-1), 6-2
3. WILSON, Randy (FGCU) def. URIBE, Pedro (LIP) 6-3, 6-0
4. MONTES, Juan (FGCU) defeated. GARCIA-NIETO, Gon. (LIP) 6-0, 6-0
5. STEFANACCI, Gugli (FGCU) def. FISCHER, Sam (LIP) 6-2, 6-2
6. ONCINS, Eric (FGCU) def. PENNY, Jake (LIP) 6-2, 6-1
1. DAMM, Max/JOHNSON, Magnus (FGCU) def. GARCIA-NIETO, Gon./URIBE, Pedro (LIP) 6-4
2. SEPULVEDA, Marcelo/MONTES, Juan (FGCU) against FISCHER, Sam/MESQUIDA, Alex (LIP) 4-5, unfinished
3. WILSON, Randy/ONCINS, Eric (FGCU) def. SKRABUT, David/STOJANOVIC, Luka (LIP) 6-4
Finishing order: Dual (3.1); Singles (4,6,5,3,1,2)
The Eagles will look to close out the regular season home schedule on a high note on Sunday when they host Jacksonville State at 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 115-83 (.577) overall record and a 48- 19 (.707) 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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