FORT MYERS, Fla. – As day one of the FGCU Fall Invitational drew to a close the FGCU men’s tennis team exited the courts boasting a 9-4 record after just two rounds of play in the main singles draws. The Eagles kicked-off their successful ways as they went a perfect 6-0 in the first round of singles play earlier this morning
“Today was a great opening day for the FGCU Invitational,” head coach C.J. Weber said. “We started off the day really strong. We went 6-0 in the morning session and just really built up some great momentum after playing great matches. This afternoon we picked up some key wins in the top draw as Jordi and Bao remained alive, and Lance is still in the gold division. The guys fought hard today and competed like crazy so I’m really proud of them.”
The tournament began with play in all three of the singles draws where the Eagles soared past six opponents to remain unbeaten.
Picking up a pair of wins in the blue draw were Jordi Vives (Barcelona, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada/USC) and Tianyu Bao (Tianjin, China/Bayshore HS). After falling 0-3 right out of the gate, Bao closed the gap to tie Jonathan Raude of FAU 3-3, before fiercely claiming the first set 7-6 (5). After his dominant comeback Bao continued to control the match as he took the second set 6-2. Vives easily secured his spot in the second round as he defeated Aidian McNulty of Boston College 6-1, 6-2.
Registering three wins in the green draw were Lucas Vaz (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Colegio Fleming/Tulsa), Dean Tsamas (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay HS) and Gabriel Echeverry (Popayan, Colombia/Gimnasio Calibio). Earning his first singles win of the fall season was Vaz after and intense battle with FAU’s Robbie Dubuque, taking the match in straight sets 7-5, 6-4. Earning the Eagles another win was Echevery as he defeated Alexandre Thirouin of BC 6-4, 6-4. The third and final win of the green draw came from Tsamas’ thrilling 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 over UCF’s Reece Acree.
In the first round of the gold draw Lance Lvovsky (Dania, Fla./Broward Virtual School/Jacksonville) cruised to beautiful 6-2, 6-1 victory over Stefan Burnett of FAU.
The Eagles saw a successful afternoon session as they pulled out three wins in straight sets in the second round of singles action. Highlighting the afternoon was Bao’s second-round win over one of Miami’s top players Gabriel Flores. After point-for-point play in the first set led to a 7-6 (4) outcome, Bao controlled the second set as he won 6-3. Also staying alive in the blue draw was Vives who took down Ahmed Triki of Barry 6-2, 7-6 (4).
“I think we showed a lot of intensity out there today and represented ourselves well,” Tianyu Bao said. “Congrats to Lucas on getting his first singles win as an Eagle, he is getting better every day. Personally I played well today; I was comfortable on the court and was glad I was able to pull away two tough matches. We want to thank everyone who came out to support us today, it was pretty awesome.”
In the gold draw Lvovsky picked up the Eagles third straight-set win as he topped Jack Murphy of Miami. In the first set, Lvovsky trailed Murphy 4-5 but was able to hold his opponent and score three unanswered points as he won the set 7-5. The second set remained close but again Lvovsky came out on top earning a 6-4 victory.
Also playing in the gold draw was Chris Perrigan (Tallahassee, Fla./Maclay HS) falling 6-3, 6-1 to Miami’s Bernard Tefel.
In the second round of the green draw the Eagles gave their opponents a challenging match, but ultimately fell short. After losing 7-6 (7) in the first set, Tsamas was able to fight of match point multiple times in the second. After his opponent Pete Thomason of Arkansas jumped to an early 5-2 lead, Tsamas put up an hard fight before ultimately falling 7-5.Taking their matches into three sets were Echevery, who fell to UCF’s Chris Barrus 6-1, 1-6, 6-1, and Vaz, who was defeated 6-0, 3-6, 6-0 by Miami’s Henrique Tuskamoto.
The Eagles will return to tomorrow playing seven singles matches and three doubles matches beginning at 9 a.m.
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Blue Singles First Round
Jordi Vives (FGCU)def. Aidian McNulty (BC)—6-1, 6-2
Tianyu Bao (FGCU)def. Jonathon Raude (BC) – 7-6 (5), 6-2
Blue Singles Second Round
Jordi Vives (FGCU) def. Ahmed Triki (BU) – 6-2, 7-6 (4)
Tianyu Bao (FGCU) def. Gabriel Flores (UM) – 6-4, 6-3
Green Singles First Round
Gabe Echevery (FGCU) def. Alexandre Thirouin (BC) – 6-4, 6-4
Luca Vaz (FGCU) def. Robbie Dubuque (FAU)—7-5, 6-4
Dean Tsamas (FGCU) def. Reece Acree (UCF) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
Green Singles Second Round
Chris Barrus (UCF) def. Gabe Echeverry (FGCU) – 6-1, 1-6, 6-1
Henrique Tuskamoto (UM) def. Lucas Vaz (FGCU) – 6-0, 3-6, 6-0
Pete Thomason (UA) def. Dean Tsamas (FGCU) – 7-6 (7), 7-5
Gold Singles First Round
Lance Lvovsky (FGCU) def. Stefan Burnett (FAU)—6-2, 6-1
Gold Singles Second Round
Lance Lvovsky (FGCU) def. Jack Murphy (UM) – 7-5, 6-4
Bernard Tefel (UM) def. Chris Perrigan (FGCU) – 6-3, 6-1
Saturday, October 26:
Play begins at 9 a.m.
Doubles first round
Sunday, October 27:
Play begins at 9 a.m.