FORT MYERS, Fla. – In the home opening dual match of the 2011 championship season, the FGCU men’s tennis team welcomed FAU to the FGCU Tennis Complex on Saturday. In closely contested matches, the Eagles fell to the Owls, 6-1, on the afternoon.
In the losing effort, the Eagles fell to 0-3 on the season while the Owls improved to 4-3 this spring.
“I thought we competed well against another tough team,” said head coach J. Webb Horton. “ We had chances in both singles and doubles and did not convert on the big points.”
FAU took the opening doubles point by sweeping the trio of matches. The pair of junior Matt Rock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Jacksonville University) and sophomore Gabriel Echeverry (Popayan, Colombia/Gimnasio Calibio) fell to FAU’s Marc Abdelnour and Ervin Garibovic, 8-4, and the duo of senior Steve Binninger (St. Augustine, Fla./Saint Joseph Academy) and freshman Dean Tsamas (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay HS) were defeated by the Owls’ Derek Madon and Oliver Webb, 8-5. In the No. 3 spot, the visiting tandem of Daniel Vardag and Omar El Kheshen dropped the FGCU team of senior Carlo Checchia (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Ceteb/Coastal Carolina University) and sophomore Collin Brown (Tallahassee, Fla./Florida State University School).
The Owls’ doubles success carried over to the day’s singles action, as the Eagles battled in two three-set losses and came away with just one singles victory in the competition. At No. 5, senior Mitchell Lvovsky (Dania Beach, Fla./Keystone HS/Wingate University) picked up the lone point for the Blue and Green, turning away Madon, 6-2, 7-6 (6).
In the No. 1 spot, Rock fell to Abdelnour, 6-1, 6-3, as did Echeverry at No. 2 to Garibovic, 6-3, 6-3. Using three sets to decide the point, Checchia lost to Vardag, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, at No. 3 and Tsamas was dropped by Webb, 6-1, 6-7 (5), 7-5, in the No. 4 position. At the No. 6 meeting, Brown was defeated by El Kheshen, 6-1, 6-1.
The Eagles will have a week to prepare for the Saturday, Feb. 26 meeting with A-Sun conference foe Stetson, beginning at 10 a.m. in DeLand, Fla. Results fromt he competition will be available at www.FGCUAthletics.com following the day's action.
No. 1 Marc Abdelnour (FAU) def. Matt Rock (FGCU), 6-1, 6-3
No. 2 Ervin Garibovic (FAU) def. Gabriel Echeverry (FGCU), 6-3, 6-3
No. 3 Daniel Vardag (FAU) def. Carlo Checchia (FGCU), 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
No. 4 Oliver Webb (FAU) def. Dean Tsamas (FGCU), 6-1, 6-7 (5), 7-5
No. 5 Mitchell Lvovsky (FGCU) def. Derek Madon (FAU), 6-2, 7-6 (6)
No. 6 Omar El Kheshen (FAU) def. Collin Brown (FGCU), 6-1, 6-1
No. 1 Abdelnour and Garibovic (FAU) def. Rock and Echeverry (FGCU), 8-4
No. 2 Madon and Webb (FAU) def. Binninger and Tsamas (FGCU), 8-5
No. 3 Vardag and El Kheshen (FAU) def. Checchia and Brown (FGCU), 8-3