Trio of Eagles Advance to Championship Day of FGCU Fall Invitational
Saturday, September 29, 2012 | by Patrick Pierson (@pierson_sid)
Lvovsky (pictured) and Bao will play for the Doubles Main Draw title on Sunday at 9 a.m. (Photo by Dennis Snyder)
Lvovsky (pictured) and Bao will play for the Doubles Main Draw title on Sunday at 9 a.m. (Photo by Dennis Snyder)

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The doubles tandem of junior Lance Lvovsky (Dania, Fla./ Broward Virtual School/Jacksonville) and sophomore Tianyu Bao (Tianjin, China/Bayshore HS (FL)) along with sophomore Jordi Vives (Barcelona, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada/USC) will represent the FGCU men’s tennis team on Championship Sunday at the FGCU Fall Invitational after advancing through their respective draws.

Lvovsky and Bao strung together a pair of wins in the morning, taking down the doubles main draw No. 1 seed Albrecht and Neuner of FAU, who finished last year No. 10 in the Southeast Region. The duo defeated their FAU counterparts, 8-5, and then advanced to Sunday’s championship match with another 8-5 triumph over UCF’s Wagner and Aulina. Lvovsky and Bao take a 3-1 season record into Sunday’s 9 a.m. match with Barry’s Vivas and Alfonzo.

“Overall today was a solid day for the team. I’m very pleased that Bao and I were able to advance to the championship,” said Lvovsky. “As a team, we continue to show our strong resilience and we look forward to finishing off the weekend on a high note.”

After giving up just six games over his two straight-set wins on Friday, Vives advanced to the semifinals with a convincing 6-4, 6-2, victory over UCF’s Pedro Wagner to close out the day. Vives, whose six wins on the year are all in straight sets, will take on Renato Lombardi of Barry Sunday at 9 a.m. The winner will advance to take on either Will Neuner of FAU or Victor Mauz of Miami at roughly 1 p.m. for the singles main draw title.

“It’s great to have representation in both draws for tomorrow’s matches,” FGCU second-year head coach C.J. Weber said. “Jordi, Bao and Lvovsky are playing great in their respective draws and we’re looking forward to some great tennis tomorrow. It would be great to bring home a couple titles at our own Invitational.”

Although his run at the semifinals of the singles main draw was ended, junior Dean Tsamas (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay HS) was able to pick up his third win of the weekend as he teamed with freshman Dylan Gunning (Boca Raton, Fla./Olympic Heights HS) to defeat FAU’s Dubuque and Meade tandem, 8-2, in the doubles back draw. Tsamas went 2-0 on Friday in singles action, advancing to the Round of 16 for the third straight tournament to begin the fall. Tsamas is 6-3 on the year in singles.

Fans can get updates of all Sunday’s action twitter by following @FGCUMensTennis or @FGCUEagles, while a full recap of each day can be found on www.FGCUATHLETICS.com.

FGCU First Round Singles Main Draw – Friday
Gabe Echeverry (FGCU) def. Mark Schanerman (Miami) – 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
Jordi Vives (FGCU) def. John Nowak (FAU) – 6-1, 6-0
Dylan Gunning (FGCU) def. Sean Bacha (FAU) – 6-4, 6-5
Tianyu Bao (FGCU) def. Jack Murphy (Miami) – 6-4, 6-3
Dean Tsamas (FGCU) def. Robbie Dubuque (FAU) – 6-1, 6-2
Renato Lombardi (Barry) def. Lance Lvovsky (FGCU) – 6-1, 6-2
Victor Mauz (Miami) def. Colin Brown (FGCU) – 6-0, 6-3
Pedro Wagner (UCF) def. Michael Beiler (FGCU) – 7-6(5), 6-5

FGCU Second Round Singles Main Draw – Friday
Jordi Vives (FGCU) def. Matt Gladstone (UCF) – 6-1, 6-4
Dean Tsamas (FGCU) def. Mario Samson (UCF) – 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
Kevin Sielmann (Barry) def. Gabe Echeverry (FGCU) – 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
Jorge Blasco (UCF) def. Dylan Gunning (FGCU) – 6-0, 6-2
Will Neuner (FAU) def. Tianyu Bao (FGCU) – 7-5, 6-4

FGCU Quarterfinals Singles Main Draw - Saturday
Jordi Vives (FGCU) def. Pedro Wagner (UCF) – 6-4, 6-2
Victor Mauz (Miami) def. Dean Tsamas (FGCU) – 6-4, 6-4

FGCU First Round Doubles Main Draw – Friday
Bao/Lvovsky (FGCU) def. Samson/Blasco (UCF) – 9-8(3)
Beiler/Brown (FGCU) def. Schanerman/Tsukamoto (Miami) – 8-5
Vivas/Alfonzo (Barry) def. Vives/Echeverry (FGCU) – 8-4
Lombardi/Lemaitre (Barry) def. Tsamas/Gunning (FGCU) – 8-6

FGCU Quarterfinals Doubles Main Draw – Saturday
Bao/Lvovsky (FGCU) def. Albrecht/Neuner (FAU) – 8-5
Wagner/Aulina (UCF) def. Beiler/Brown (FGCU) – 8-4

FGCU Semifinals Doubles Main Draw – Saturday
Bao/Lvovsky (FGCU) def. Wagner/Aulina (UCF) – 8-5

FGCU Singles Back Draw – Saturday
Taylor Albrecht (FAU) def. Lance Lvovsky (FGCU) – 6-5, 6-3
Jose Fantova (FAU) def. Michael Beiler (FGCU) – 6-4, 4-6, 1-0(11-9)
Sean Bacha (FAU) def. Gabe Echeverry (FGCU) – 4-6, 6-2, 1-0(10-3)
Chris Janssen (FAU) def. Collin Brown (FGCU) – 6-1, 4-6, 1-0(10-5)

FGCU Doubles Back Draw – Saturday
Tsamas/Gunning (FGCU) def. Dubuque/Meade (FAU) – 8-2
Mauz/Murphy (Miami) def. Vives/Echeverry (FGCU) – 9-8(5)