FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team won two hard fought singles matches but fell just short of an upset bid against No. 75 Penn, 5-2 Friday afternoon at the FGCU Tennis Complex.
FGCU falls to 4-4 (1-0 A-Sun) on the season and Penn improves to 7-3.
“We’re getting better and that’s been our focus all year but we got to make sure we don’t lose sign of that,” said first-year head coach C.J. Weber. “I couldn’t be happier for Bao today! He played some great tennis. He showed everybody how far his game has come in a short amount of time by todays win.”
The Green and Blue lost two of the three doubles matches to fall behind 1-0 in the match. At No. 1 doubles, freshman Tianyu Bao (Tianjin, China/Bayshore HS) and junior Jackson Moore (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch HS/Georgia State) fell to Ivan Turudic and Nikola Kocovic, 8-2. At No. 3 doubles, the Quakers clinched the point with a 8-6 win as Jeremy Court and Zach Katz defeated junior Collin Brown (Victoria, Texas/Memorial HS) and sophomore Dean Tsamas (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay HS).
In the final doubles match, Senior Matthew Rock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Fort Lauderdale HS/Jacksonville) and sophomore Lance Lvovsky (Dania,Fla./Broward Virtual School/Jacksonville) outlasted Rob Wong and Jason Lin, 8-7 (7-4), at No. 2 doubles.
In singles, freshman Michael Beiler (Palm Harbor, Fla./Dunedin HS) lost against Jason Magnes in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 6 singles. Penn took a 3-0 lead after a straight set victory at No. 3 singles as Tsamas fell to Court, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.
FGCU would cut into the lead with two straight wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles. Bao pulled out the upset win against No. 83 Ivan Turudic, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2. Bao has won three-straight matches at No. 1 singles to improve his dual match record to 5-3.
“It feels great to beat a ranked player, it shows that the hard work I’ve been putting in is paying off,” said Bao. “I’m hoping to continue to play well and carry the momentum into conference play next week.”
Moore earned a quality victory at No. 2 singles with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, comeback win in the third over Kocovic. Moore was able to win the final two sets after dropping the first set, 6-3, and improved to 5-2 in dual matches.
With the Eagles trailing 3-2, Rock and Lvovsky couldn’t complete the comeback falling in the third set at No. 4 and No. 5 singles, respectively. Rock won the first set 6-1 against Jason Lin, before losing the final two sets 6-3, 6-4. Lvovsky also won the first set 6-3 against Zach Katz, but dropped the remaining two sets 6-4, 6-4.
The Green and Blue welcome A-Sun foe Mercer to the FGCU Tennis Complex on March 15 at 1 p.m.
Results and recaps will be available on www.FGCUathletics.com after each match this season.
#75 PENN 5, FGCU 2
1. Tianyu Bao (FGCU) def. #83 Ivan Turudic (UPENN) 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
2. Jackson Moore (FGCU) def. Nikola Kocovic (UPENN) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
3. Jeremy Court (UPENN) def. Dean Tsamas (FGCU) 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
4. Jason Lin (UPENN) def. Matthew Rock (FGCU) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
5. Zach Katz (UPENN) def. Lance Lvovsky (FGCU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
6. Jason Magnes (UPENN) def. Michael Beiler (FGCU) 6-4, 6-4
1. Ivan Turudic/Nikola Kocovic (UPENN) def. Jackson Moore/Tianyu Bao (FGCU) 8-2
2. Matthew Rock/Lance Lvovsky (FGCU) def. Rob Wong/Jason Lin (UPENN) 8-7 (7-4)
3. Jeremy Court/Zach Katz (UPENN) def. Dean Tsamas/Collin Brown (FGCU) 8-6
PENN 7-3; National ranking #75
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,3,2,1,4,5)