FORT MYERS, Fla. – Looking to celebrate wins in the Atlantic Sun Conference with its home fans, the FGCU men’s tennis team welcomes Kennesaw State on Friday at 11 a.m. and Mercer the next evening at 6 p.m. for dual matches on the courts of the FGCU Tennis Complex.
“This weekend begins the final stretch of our season,” head coach C.J. Weber said. “We only have five matches left in the regular season, all of them against conference opponents, so there will certainly be heightened levels of intensity and urgency. Kennesaw State has put together a great season under their new head coach and Mercer took us last year so we’ll be looking to rebound from that.”
Holding an overall record of 6-9, the Green and Blue are 1-2 in A-Sun play after beating USC Upstate and falling to No. 73 North Florida and No.59 ETSU. Following their win at Upstate, the Eagles were topped by No. 50 Minnesota and barely edged by UAB, falling 4-3 to the Blazers last Saturday.
HOO IS KSU?
Riding a program-best five-match win streak, Kennesaw State and first-year head coach Eduardo Rincon will look to build their success this weekend. The Owls travel to Fort Myers sitting at 8-5 overall and 2-0 in the conference after a sweeping Northern Kentucky and putting a 6-1 defeat on Lipscomb. Kennesaw State enters the weekend coming of an impressive 4-0 win over Bradley at home on Mar. 22, marking its fourth shutout this spring. FGCU leads the all-time series at 3-2, having won the two previous head-to-head matchups; with the most recent being the Eagles’ 6-1 win in last year’s dual match.
Having already surpassed their win total of five from the 2013 season, the Bears sit at 7-12 overall and travel to the Sunshine State looking to improve their 1-1 record in the A-Sun with matches at Stetson on Friday and FGCU Saturday. Mercer began conference play falling, 4-3, to Lipscomb, but rebounded with a 5-2 victory over NKU. After beating the Norse, the Bears went on to win their next two, topping Georgia Southern, 4-2, and Bradley, 4-0, on Mar. 20 and 21. The 4-2 all-time record between Mercer and FGCU favors the Bears, but the Eagles will look to close the gap on Saturday. In last spring’s meeting, Mercer claimed a narrow victory at 4-3 to hand the Eagles their first conference loss of the season.
After playing host this weekend, the Eagles will hit the road facing NKU on April 4 and Lipscomb on April 5, each at 2 p.m. For complete coverage of FGCU men’s tennis over the weekend, 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.