HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Picking up its fourth consecutive win in the Atlantic Sun Conference, the FGCU men’s tennis team soared past Northern Kentucky, 5-2, Friday afternoon under hazy skies and the coldest temperature the Eagles have seen all season.
The Eagles improve to 9-9 (4-2 A-Sun) on the season, while the Norse fall to 4-10 (0-5 A-Sun).
“Today’s conditions were the toughest we have seen all year,” head coach CJ Weber said. “With temperatures below 50 degrees and winds blowing over 20 miles per hour, I was really proud of how the team responded. The day was filled with ugly tennis, but we did a good job of controlling the match on most courts. I was proud of how the guys kept their energy up from start to finish, which is necessary if we want to accomplish all of the goals we have set for ourselves.”
FGCU jumped to an early lead after claiming all three of the doubles matches for a 1-0 advantage. Picking up a quick win in the No. 3 slot were partners Lucas Vaz (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Colegio Fleming/Tulsa) and Adrian Reid (Lima/Peru/Altair School), laying an 8-3 defeat on NKU’s Nick Lang and Jack Carney. In the second position Tianyu Bao (Tianjin, China/Bayshore HS) and Lance Lvovsky (Dania, Fla./Broward Virtual School/Jacksonville) took an 8-4 victory from Christopher Angulo and Jody Maginley NKU after Jordi Vives (Barcelona, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada/USC) and Dean Tsamas (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay HS) beat Mate Virag and Pierce Kohs, 8-4, in the one slot.
In singles play, the Eagles went on to collect four more points from wins in six contests.
Remaining unbeaten in A-Sun play was No. 62 Vives, who made quick work of NKU’s Mate Virag in the leading position. Holding Virag to just four games, the Barcelona native took both sets with scores of 6-2.
The remaining trio of wins came from the efforts of the team’s three seniors: Lvovsky, Tsamas and Gabriel Echeverry (Popayan, Colombia/Gimnasio Calibio).
Outscoring his opponent by the largest margin this season was Tsamas, who beat NKU’s Jody Maginley in the third position. Taking the first set in an uncontested fashion, 6-0, Tsamas continued to control the second set with a 6-2 win.
Clinching the match for the Green and Blue was Lvovsky, who downed Balint Zsidai in the five-singles contest. After taking the first set 6-0, Lvovsky kept focus in a close second set, winning it 6-4, for the overall victory.
Posting the remaining win was Echeverry, topping Jack Carney in No. 6 singles. Staying consistent throughout the match, Echeverry won both sets at the 6-3 mark.
The Eagles continue action on the road as they travel to Nashville, facing Lipscomb Saturday at 2 p.m. 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: 5 NKU: 2
1. Jordi Vives/Dean Tsamas (FGCU) def. Mate Virag/Pierce Kohs (NKU) 8-4
2. Tianyu Bao/Lance Lvovsky (FGCU) def. Christopher Angulo/Jody Maginley (NKU) 8-5
3. Lucas Vaz/Adrian Reid (FGCU) def. Nick Lang/Jack Carney (NKU) 8-3
1. #62 Jordi Vives (FGCU) def. Mate Virag (NKU) 6-2, 6-2
2. Pierce Kohs (NKU) def. Tianyu Bao (FGCU) 6-1, 6-3
3. Dean Tsamas (FGCU) def. Jody Maginley (NKU) 6-0, 6-2
4. Christopher Angulo (NKU) def. Lucas Vaz (FGCU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
5. Lance Lvovsky (FGCU) def. Balint Zsidai (NKU) 6-0, 6-4
6. Gabriel Echeverry (FGCU) def. Jack Carney (NKU) 6-3, 6-3