FORT MYERS, Fla. – Looking to build upon its 5-2 win over Wright State on Wednesday, the FGCU men’s tennis team continues regular-season action playing host to Troy on Sunday at 2 p.m. Due to the sold-out men’s basketball Atlantic Sun Championship final at the same time, Sunday’s match will be played at the Three Oaks Tennis Center.
“We’re looking forward to jumping back into action on Sunday,” head coach C.J. Weber said. “Troy has played many of the same opponents we have, so matching up head-to-head will be exciting. We’re glad to be able to get in one more match in before continuing conference play on the road at ETSU and USC Upstate.”
FGCU enters Wednesday’s contest at 4-6, while Troy sits at 1-8.
The Trojans travel to Fort Myers looking to collect just their second win of the season. Troy’s lone win came as a 5-0 decision to Alabama A&M on Feb. 7 at home. Half of the Trojan’s losses were the result of ranked opponents falling to No. 33 Alabama, No. 36 Florida State, No. 28 Auburn and No. 70 Tulane. Both Troy and FGCU opened their seasons falling, 6-1, to FSU, but the Eagles kept their match to Auburn more competitive, falling 5-2, compared to Troy’s shutout at 7-0. The two teams have faced another similar opponent in Florida A&M. While the Green and Blue flew past FAMU, 7-0, Troy fell to the Rattlers, 4-3.
THE LAST TIME OUT
With shining lights and a crowd of more than 200, the FGCU men’s tennis team topped Wright State, 5-2, Wednesday night at the FGCU Tennis Complex. The Eagles set a quick pace winning two doubles matches for a 1-0 advantage. Earning the first victory for FGCU were Lucas Vaz (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Colegio Fleming/Tulsa) and Chris Perrigan (Tallahassee, Fla./Maclay HS), taking the No. 3 match 8-2, before Jordi Vives (Barcelona, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada/USC) and Dean Tsamas (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay HS) claimed an 8-4 victory at No. 1.
Grabbing straight-set wins in singles play were No. 54 Vives, Lance Lvovsky (Dania, Fla./Broward Virtual School/Jacksonville) and Gabriel Echeverry (Popayan, Colombia/Gimnasio Calibio). Vives won the No. 1 contest a perfect 6-0, 6-0, while Lvovsky took the number-five match 6-4, 6-1 and Echeverry the No. 6 with 6-2 in both sets. Earning FGCU’s fifth point was Vaz, coming out on top of a three-set thriller in the four-singles match. Facing Lyzwa, Vaz escaped the first set 6-4, but fell 3-6 in the second. Being the last match on the courts, Vaz fought back to turn things around in the third set coming away with a 7-5 win.
No. 54 WITH 45
Ranked 54 in the ITA, Vives has compiled a 9-1 record playing leading-singles position in each of this season’s dual matches. The junior’s victory on Wednesday brought the total of his career wins at FGCU to 45, a tremendous amount for this being only his second season.
Following Sunday’s match the Eagles continue action in the Atlantic Sun Conference traveling to ETSU on Mar. 14 at 2 p.m., and USC Upstate on Mar. 15 at 2 p.m. For complete coverage of FGCU men’s tennis against Troy, follow us on Twitter @FGCU_MTEN and visit www.FGCUAthletics.com where full recaps and results will be available at the end of each day.
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