FORT MYERS, Fla. – With a dramatic atmosphere set by fog encompassing the illuminated courts, the FGCU men’s tennis team earned its first sweep of the season with a commanding 7-0 victory over Florida A&M on Saturday night at the FGCU Tennis Complex.
The Eagles move to move to 3-5 on the season while FAMU falls to 4-8.
“Tonight was another step in the right direction,” head coach CJ Weber said. “We are playing disciplined tennis and getting rewarded for it. Next week we host UNF in our conference opener and definitely need to be prepared to step things up in that match.”
The Green and Blue jumped to an early lead and never looked back as they clinched the double point for the fourth-consecutive match. Posting the first win in swift fashion were Jordi Vives (Barcelona, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada/USC) and Dean Tsamas (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay HS) with an 8-3 decision on FAMU’s Rodney Carey Jr. and Admire Mushonga. Picking up the point-earning victory were Lucas Vaz (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Colegio Fleming/Tulsa) and Chris Perrigan (Tallahassee, Fla./Maclay HS) with a hard-fought win on Zack Evenden and Carols Agustin Waitman, 8-7 (4).
The Eagles remained dominant in singles play, winning each of the six matches in straight-sets. Making quick work of FAMU’s Jalen Evans was FGCU co-captain Lance Lvovsky (Dania, Fla./Broward Virtual School/Jacksonville) with a no-nonsense 6-1, 6-1, win in the No. 6 slot to bring the Eagles their second point of the night.
“Today was a great day for the team,” Lvovsky said. “We all competed hard and brought the energy on every single court. I speak on behalf of all the captains when I say I’m proud of Perrigan for getting a win in his first dual-match appearance this season. Overall, tonight was a fantastic victory for the team and we’re looking forward to getting back out there in preparation for UNF next week.”
Bringing in FGCU’s third point was Tianyu Bao (Tianjin, China/Bayshore HS) with an impressive 6-4, 6-1 win over Evenden just minutes before No. 93 Vives topped Carey Jr., 6-1, 6-4, on the next court over.
Playing the two-singles slot was Tsamas, who proved to be too much for Mushonga as he soared to a 6-1, 6-2 win. Winning his contest by a four-game margin in both sets was Gabriel Echeverry (Popayan, Colombia/Gimnasio Calibio) dismissing Courage Okungbowa, 6-2, 6-2, in the No. 5 match.
Rounding out the perfect evening and bringing Eagle fans to their feet was Vaz with a 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Waitman.
The Green and Blue will get back to the baseline and open up play in the Atlantic Sun Conference as they welcome UNF to The Nest on Mar. 2 at Noon. For complete coverage of FGCU men’s tennis this season, follow us on Twitter @FGCU_MTEN and visit www.FGCUAthletics.com where full recaps and results will be available.
FGCU: 7 FAMU: 0
1. #93 Jordi Vives (FGCU) def. Rodney Carey Jr. (FAMU) 6-1, 6-4
2. Dean Tsamas (FGCU) def. Admire Mushonga (FAMU) 6-1, 6-2
3. Tianyu Bao (FGCU) def. Zack Evenden (FAMU) 6-4, 6-1
4. Lucas Vaz (FGCU) def. Carols Agustin Waitman (FAMU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Gabriel Echeverry (FGCU) def. Courage Okungbowa (FAMU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Lance Lvovsky (FGCU) def. Jalen Evans (FAMU) 6-1, 6-1
Order of finish: (6,3,1,2,5,4)
1. Tsamas/Vives (FGCU) def. Carey/Mushonga (FAMU) 8-3
2. Bao/Lvovsky (FGCU) def. Evenden/Waitman (FAMU) DNF
3. Perrigan/Vaz (FGCU) def. Evans/Okungbowa (FAMU) 8-7 (4)
Order of finish: (1,3)