Men's Tennis Swept by Stetson
Saturday, February 06, 2010

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team was swept by the Stetson Hatters 7-0 on Saturday morning at the FGCU Tennis Complex. The Eagles had opportunities in singles and doubles play, but were unable to cash in on those opportunities.

With the loss, FGCU falls to 0-4 on the year and 0-1 in the A-Sun, while Stetson improves to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in conference play.

The Blue and Green lost the doubles point to start the day, despite playing a pair of close matches. Thibaud Aime (Figeac, France) and Matthew Rock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) narrowly lost at No. 1 doubles, falling 8-7 to Didrik Berg and Chris Swanteson. Carlo Checchia (Brasilia, Brazil) and Sebastien Leitz (Nimes, France) also lost a tight match at No. 2, losing 8-6 to Maksim Levanovich and Cesare Gallo.

In singles play, the Eagles had chances to turn the match around, but Stetson was equal to every challenge. At No. 1, Aime forced a third set against Mark Mestan, but eventually lost, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. At No. 4 singles, Rock couldn’t recover after narrowly losing a first set tiebreak, falling to Berg, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2. Sergio Rebolledo won the first set at No. 6, but lost the final two sets to Njal Stene, dropping the match 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.

“Today was a day of missed opportunities,” said head coach J. Webb Horton. “We played a pair of three-set matches, another went to a tiebreak, and two doubles matches were extremely close. Ultimately, they [Stetson] played the big points better than we did. We need to use this as an opportunity to learn from and build upon as we look towards our next match against Florida A&M.”

The Eagles return home in two weeks when they host the Florida A&M Rattlers on February 20. The dual match is scheduled to begin at 12 noon at the FGCU Tennis Complex. Admission is free to the public.

Singles competition
1. Mark Mestan (STET) def. Thibaud Aime (FGCU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
2. Maksim Levanovich (STET) def. Carlo Checchia (FGCU) 6-2, 6-1
3. Cesare Gallo (STET) def. Sebastian Leitz (FGCU) 6-2, 6-3
4. Didrik Berg (STET) def. Matthew Rock (FGCU) 7-6 (9-7), 6-2
5. Alex Hackett (STET) def. Mitchell Lvovsky (FGCU) 6-4, 6-3
6. Njal Stene (STET) def. Sergio Rebolledo (FGCU) 3-6, 6-1, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Didrik Berg/Chris Swanteson (STET) def. Thibaud Aime/Matthew Rock (FGCU) 8-7
2. Maksim Levanovich/Cesare Gallo (STET) def. Carlo Checchia/Sebastian Leitz (FGCU) 8-6
3. Mark Mestan/Njal Stene (STET) def. Mitchell Lvovsky/Sergio Rebolledo (FGCU) 8-1