FORT MYERS, Fla. – Sitting with a program-record five wins in the Atlantic Sun conference, the FGCU men’s tennis team will look to extend its four-match unbeaten streak and end the regular season on a high note as it welcomes Stetson to The Nest for Senior Day on Saturday at 1 p.m.
With identical 5-2 records in conference play, Saturday’s match between FGCU and Stetson will be a fight for third place in the A-Sun standings and the No. 3 seed in next weekend’s A-Sun Championship.
“This is a big match for both teams and we’re looking forward to the challenge,” head coach C.J. Weber said of Saturday’s contest. “With both teams tied in conference play and the No. 3 seed for the A-Sun tournament on the line it’s going to be a battle. We’re looking forward to playing at home one more time and honoring our three seniors in what will be a very exciting Saturday.”
SIXTH VICTORY WILL WRITE HISTORY
With five wins and a pair of losses in A-Sun play, FGCU (10-9 overall) is one triumph away from notching a historic season marked by a program-best six wins in the conference. A victory over the Hatters would also give FGCU its 11th win of the regular season, something the Eagles have never done at the Division-I level. After opening conference play with 5-2 losses against UNF and ETSU, the Eagles rebounded in dominant fashion by beating USC Upstate (4-3), Kennesaw state (5-2), Mercer (5-1), NKU (5-2) and Lipscomb (5-2). Leading the team in doubles play with a record of 12-4 (4-2 A-Sun) are partners Dean Tsamas (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay HS) and Jordi Vives (Barcelona, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada/USC), while No. 65 Vives’ mark of 17-2 (7-0 A-Sun) in singles play is the best in the conference.
Before their first serve on Saturday afternoon, the Eagles will honor their three seniors and recognize the impact they have made on the program. Since joining the Green and Blue, Gabriel Echeverry (Popayan, Colombia/Gimnasio Calibio), Lance Lvovsky (Dania, Fla./Broward Virtual School/Jacksonville) and Tsamas have helped the Eagles achieve some of the program’s most memorable accomplishments. Over their careers the trio of seniors has aided in getting FGCU its inaugural winning season in Division I, back-to-back A-Sun tournament appearances and its first postseason victory. More information of the individual career of each senior is listed below.
With an overall mark of 10-8 (5-2 A-Sun), the Hatters are winners of four straight, having downed Mercer (4-0), Kennesaw State (5-2), Lipscomb (4-1) and Northern Kentucky (6-1) in consecutive fashion. Having never beaten Stetson, the Eagles will look to tighten the gap in the 7-0 all-time series. Last season Stetson edged the Eagles, 4-3, at the Mandy Stoll Tennis Center in DeLand, and the last time these two schools met at The Nest was in 2012, with Stetson winning 5-2.
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FGCU MEN’S TENNIS CLASS OF 2014
- 25 total singles wins over his career.
- Flourished immensely during his senior season with 17 singles wins, the second highest on the team.
- In fall 2013 he won the white singles draw at the Georgia Southern Championships, picking up four wins in the tournament, three of which in straight sets.
- Has picked up five wins over BCS schools, beating players from UConn, Arkansas, Auburn, Boston College, Minnesota
- Received ITA Scholar-Athlete honors as a sophomore in 2011
- After three years at FGCU, holds 32 career wins in singles and 29 in doubles.
- Has earned 16 singles and 13 doubles victories against A-Sun opponents over his career.
- As a junior in the Eagles contest vs FAMU, he clinched the match in incredible comeback. With the overall score tied at 3-3, in third set of No. 4 singles Lvovsky trailed 0-4 but came back to win 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 allowing FGCU to win.
- Has picked up six wins over BCS schools, beating players from Miami, UConn, Boston College, Princeton, SMU and Auburn
- Named to the Dean’s List every semester of his college career
- Most victorious player in FGCU’s D-I history with 60 total singles wins over four years.
- Two-time Atlantic Sun Player of the Week, Jan. 26 2013 and Feb. 8 2012
- As a junior posted a dual-match record of 15-7, the highest number of singles wins in the conference
- Has played in all 80 matches the Eagles have competed in during his four years.
- Against conference opponents he boasts a winning record with 18 career victories in singles
- As a junior he posted the best winning percentage among all 2nd-position players in the A-Sun (6-1, .857)
- Led the team as a sophomore with a 10-7 dual match record in singles play
- Has picked up eight wins over BCS schools, beating players from UCF, Arkansas, SMU, Northwestern, UConn, Oklahoma State, Nebraska and Auburn