JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Looking to grab its first Atlantic Sun Conference win of the season, the FGCU men’s tennis team heads north for a challenging road swing facing No. 55 ETSU Friday in Johnson City and USC Upstate Saturday in Spartanburg, both at 2 p.m.
“We’re looking forward to the competition this weekend,” head coach C.J. Weber said. “Continuing conference play on the road at ETSU and USC Upstate is challenging, but we’re prepared. ETSU is always the team to beat in the A-Sun so we anticipate a very tough match. I’m looking forward to seeing how we compete and battle this weekend.”
Holding an overall record of 5-6, the Green and Blue are 0-1 in A-Sun play after falling, 5-2, to North Florida on Mar. 2. Following its loss to UNF, FGCU rebounded winning back-to-back matches over Wright State and Troy, each with a 5-2 result.
Dominating the league with seven-consecutive A-Sun Championships, the 55th-ranked Bucs begin conference play as they welcome FGCU for tomorrow’s contest, which is also their home-opener. Sitting at 4-8 on the season, ETSU has faced 10 nationally-ranked opponents during its nonconference slate, beating three and falling to seven. Their last time out, the Bucs took down No. 46 Elon in a convincing 4-0 fashion on the road. ETSU holds the all-time series over FGCU at 6-0.
BATTLE OF THE BESTS
Leading the conference with a 10-1 record at one-singles, No. 70 Jordi Vives (Barcelona, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada/USC) will be put to the test as he is projected to face the league’s other top player in No. 105 David Biosca of ETSU. Holding a record of 4-6, Biosca will face Vives fresh off an upset of Elon’s 27th-ranked Cameron Silverman. Taking the match in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, Biosca handed Silverman his third loss of the year, and first to a player outside the top 50. Joining his teammate in the ranks is No. 124 Diego Nunez, with a 1-6 record at two-singles.
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
With an overall record of 4-8, the Spartans open play in the A-Sun welcoming Stetson on Friday and FGCU Saturday. Upstate enters the weekend coming off an impressive 7-0 home victory over Davidson on March 2, marking the first shutout for the Spartans since downing Texas-Pan American 7-0 on March 13, 2013. Five of six Spartans won in straight sets against Davidson to help Upstate improve to 2-1 at home this season. While Upstate holds the all-time series at 5-2, FGCU has claimed the last two meetings after a powerful 5-2 victory in the 2013 dual match and a history-making 4-2 win in the quarterfinals of the A-Sun tournament.
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