Bao Leads Men's Tennis on Final Day of FGCU Invitational
Sunday, January 15, 2012 | by Justin Glover (@Jglove3)

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Led by freshman Tianyu Bao’s (Tianjin, China/Bayshore HS) singles win, the FGCU men’s tennis team finished a successful FGCU Invitational with three singles victories on Sunday afternoon at the Three Oaks Tennis Complex.

“Our guys learned so much about themselves this weekend,” said head coach C.J. Weber. “We have a long season ahead of us and the guys are ready to put in the work to get better.”

Bao finished the weekend with a 2-1 singles record after defeating Georgia State’s Sofiane Chevallier, 6-3, 6-3, to improve his overall record to 5-3.

“I felt that I played a good match today and I was holding my edge really well,” said Bao. “I kept my top level throughout the whole match and as a team we fought hard this weekend. We all had some really good wins and I feel like we’ve earned a lot of respect that we deserve from the other schools.”

Sophomore Lance Lvovsky (Dania,Fla./Broward Virtual School/Jacksonville) earned a straight sets victory against Jose Ortiz from Georgia State, 6-4, 6-0. Lvovsky was able to shut-out Ortiz in the second set, who came into the match previously unbeaten on the weekend.

Finally, senior Steve Binninger (St. Augustine, Fla./Saint Joseph Academy HS) pulled out a tough third set tiebreaker 10-8 over South Alabama’s Sebastian Kirmse. Binninger won the first set 6-2, before losing the second set 6-1.

The Green and Blue will be back in action on Jan. 27 in their first dual match of the season against SMU at 1 p.m. at the FGCU Tennis Complex. FGCU Invitational – Three Oaks Park

Singles Play- Sunday

Flight 1

Alex Bernard (USA) defeated Matt Rock (FGCU), 6-1, 6-4
Victor Valente (GSU) defeated Dean Tsamas (FGCU), 6-4, 6-1
Romain Bocaert (USA) defeated Matius Hatem (GSU), 6-2, 1-6, 6-4

Flight 2

Tianyu Bao (FGCU) defeated Sofiane Chevallier (GSU), 6-3, 6-3
Thomas Cook (GSU) defeated Cody Hall (USA), 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
Ismael Lahlou(GSU) defeated Christian Kuehne (USA), 6-4, 6-4

Flight 3

Lucas Santana (GSU) defeated Blake Gregor (USA), 6-1, 5-7, 6-1
Daniel Leitner (USA) defeated Michael Beiler (FGCU), 6-4, 6-2
Lance Lvovsky (FGCU) defeated Jose Ortiz (GSU), 6-4, 6-0

Flight 4

Juan Pablo Gutierrez (GSU) defeated Collin Brown (FGCU), 6-2, 6-3
Steve Binninger (FGCU) defeated Sebastian Kirmse (USA), 6-2, 1-6, 10-8
Michael Vallejo (GSU) defeated Andrea Boglic (USA), 6-4, 6-1