ATLANTA – After first-round losses by his teammates, Jordi Vives (Barcelona, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada/USC) of the FGCU men’s tennis team made it his goal to keep the Green and Blue alive in the highly-competitive main singles draw of the ITA Southeastern Regional Championships. Showing an undying determination, Vives topped his competitors from Florida State and Miami to secure a spot in the tournament quarterfinals.
“I’m glad to see my name listed alongside seven of the best players from Florida and Georgia,” Vives Said. “I played good tennis today and feel like I have to continue enjoying it on the court if I want to win tomorrow. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the support I’ve received this weekend.”
Vives entered Sunday’s round of 32 matchup knowing he’d have to bring his A-game as he was slated to face Jose Garcia of Florida State. Prepared for the challenge ahead and eager to take a spot in the round of 16, Vives entered the contest with confidence as he jumped to an early lead before claiming the match in two sets, 6-4, 7-5.
Returning Sunday afternoon to play in the round of 16, Vives would oppose yet another high-major opponent in Miami’s Wilfredo Gonzalez. After dropping the first set, 6-2, Vives came back in the second and shut Gonzalez out, 6-0. To start the third, Vives fell down quickly, 2-0, but bounced back to take control and lead Gonzalez, 4-2, before ultimately taking the set, 6-4, to win the match and a spot in the quarterfinals.
“What a pair of wins for Jordi,” head coach CJ Weber said. “This is so awesome for him and for our program. What an opportunity we have tomorrow!”
FGCU’s three other players had a day of fierce competition in the singles and doubles consolation brackets. Facing a player from host Georgia Tech was Lucas Vaz (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Colegio Fleming/Tulsa), who couldn’t quite keep up with Colin Edwards, falling 6-2, 6-4. Senior co-captian Dean Tsamas (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay HS) took on conference rival Simon Pritchard of Kennesaw State. While the first set went back-and-forth leading to a tie breaker, Pritchard ultimately claimed the victory 7-6 (3), 6-1. Meanwhile Tsamas’ doubles partner Tianyu Bao (Tianjin, China/Bayshore HS) fell in a similar fashion to Eric Baum of Georgia State, losing 7-5, 6-4.
After facing the No. 2 ITA ranked pair from UGA to open play in the main doubles draw, Bao and Tsamas teamed up again in the consolation draw but suffered an 8-4 loss to Eric Baum and Jannis Koeke of Georgia State.
In day four of the championships, Vives will face Nathan Pasha of Georgia Tech in the main-draw quarterfinals while Vaz, Bao and Tsamas will continue consolation play.
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Singles round of 64
Jordi Vives (FGCU) d. Maksim Yorsh (KSU) – 7-6 (7), 6-2
Diego Soto (Miami) d. Tianyu Bao (FGCU) – 6-1, 7-5
William Albanses (Miami) Dean Tsamas (FGCU) – 6-4, 5-7, 7-5
Singles round of 32
Jordi Vives (FGCU) d. Jose Garcia (FSU) – 6-4, 7-5
Singles round of 16
Jordi Vives (FGCU) d. Wilfredo Gonzalez (Miami) – 2-6, 6-0, 6-4
Doubles round of 32
Vives/Vaz (FGCU) d. Diaz/Wood (UGA) – 8-5
Pieters/Wangland (UGA) d. Bao/Tsamas (FGCU) – 8-4
Doubles round of 16
Davis/Cotrone d. Vives/Vaz (FGCU) – 8-2
Eric Baum (GSU) d. Tianyu Bao – 7-5, 6-4
Simon Pritchard (KSU) d. Dean Tsamas – 7-6 (3), 6-1
Colin Edwards (GT) d. Lucas Vaz – 6-2, 6-4
Baum/Koeke (GSU) d. Bao/Tsamas – 8-4
Monday, October 14:
Play begins at 9 a.m.
Singles main draw quarterfinals
Singles main draw semifinals
Tuesday, October 15:
Play begins at 9 a.m.
Singles main draw finals