TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team claimed two singles matches with comeback wins but fell short of an upset over No. 60 Nebraska dropping 5-2 to the Huskers Sunday afternoon at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center in Florida’s capital city.
The Eagles move to 0-2 on the season while Nebraska improves to 1-0.
“Today was difficult for the team,” head coach C.J. Weber said. “We need to do a better job in doubles by bringing out energy and then carrying it over into singles play. Overall, as a team we learned a lot about ourselves this weekend and we’re looking forward to getting back on the court to prepare for our home opener against SMU at the end of the week.”
The Huskers took the lead right out of the gate by winning two of three doubles matches for a 1-0 advantage. Picking up the Eagles sole win was Jordi Vives (Barcelona, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada/USC) and Dean Tsamas (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay HS) with a 6-4 defeat of Brandon Videtich and Bradford Zitsch in the No. 1 slot.
Through the start of singles play things didn’t look promising for the Green and Blue as five of the six matches posted first-set decisions in Nebraska’s favor. Unable to gain control in the second set three Eagles suffered quick losses giving Nebraska a clinch of the match at 4-0.
Truly embodying the fighting spirit of FGCU, the three remaining team members put on their game faces in an attempt to turn things around for the Eagles.
Leading the comeback and picking up the Eagles’ first point was No. 66 Vives with a downing of No. 1 singles opponent Dusty Boyer in three sets. After dropping the first set a close 4-6, Vives cranked out break after break in the second to pull ahead 5-0 and ultimately win the set 6-1. Bringing the newly-found confidence that comes from forcing a third set with him, Vives cruised to a 6-3 finish in the deciding set to win the match and bring FGCU back to life. Sunday’s victory extends Vives’ win streak to 11 matches, an undefeated span of 99 days.
Earning the second point for the Eagles was Lucas Vaz (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Colegio Fleming/Tulsa) with an intense three-set thriller against Beau Treyz in the No. 5 slot. After jumping ahead with an easy 6-1 claim of the first set Vaz lost control in the second after failing to hold serve early, giving Treyz a break and a 1-4 lead. Treyz continued to pace the set before reaching the win at 6-4. The third set went point-for-point with a tiebreak at five all where Vaz was able to remain focused to take tiebreak and the match 6-1, 4-6, 6-5 (4).
Falling after a grueling three-set match was Tianyu Bao (Tianjin, China/Bayshore HS) in the No. 2 singles position against Marc Herrmann. After dropping in the tiebreak and losing the first set Bao rallied back to win the second 6-4. Unlike his teammates, Herrmann was able power through the third set winning it 6-3 and the match 6-5 (3), 4-6, 6-3.
Once they return to The Nest, the Eagles will host SMU in a dual match under the lights of the FGCU Tennis Complex on Jan. 24 at 5:00 p.m.
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1. Tsamas/Vives (FGCU) def. Videtich/Zitsch (UN) 6-4
2. Treyz/Herrmann (UN) def. Bao/Lvovsky (FGCU) 6-1
3. Boyer/Dzulynsky (UN) def. Echeverry/Vaz (FGCU) 6-5 (7-5)
1. No. 66 Jordi Vives (FGCU) def. Dusty Boyer (UN) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
2. Marc Herrmann (UN) def. Tianyu Bao (FGCU) 6-5 (3), 4-6, 6-3
3. Andrew Dzulnsky (UN) def. Dean Tsamas (FGCU) 6-2, 6-4
4. Tom Blackwell (UN) def. Gabriel Echeverry (FGCU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Lucas Vaz (FGCU) def. Beau Treyz (UN) 6-1, 4-6, 6-5 (4)
6. Vasileios Stavropoulos (UN) def. Adrian Reid (FGCU) 6-2, 6-5 (5)