FORT MYERS, Fla. – With just two days remaining before the Atlantic Sun Championship, FGCU men’s tennis junior Jordi Vives continues to represent the Eagles in a national spotlight through his placement at No. 60 in the seventh installment of Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, announced by ITA officials on Tuesday afternoon.
Released every week during the spring, the rankings list the nation’s top 125 singles players determined by a computerized system, using the ITA's average points-per-match formula.
Previously ranked No. 66 (Jan. 2-Feb. 10), No. 93 (Feb. 11-25), No. 54 (Feb. 26-Mar.10), No. 70 (Mar. 11-Mar.25), No. 62 (Mar. 26-April 7) and No. 65 (April 8-14) Vives’ (Barcelona, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada/USC) placement at 60 is a result of his 18-2 record playing one singles in each of this season’s dual matches. After ending his fall campaign with nine-straight wins, Vives opened the spring season with victories over then-No. 36 Florida State and then-No. 60 Nebraska, increasing his streak to 11, which at the time was the longest in the nation. After establishing his reign on Jan. 23, the Barcelona native extended his streak to 14, before falling to Auburn’s Daniel Cochrane, then-ranked 112th, on Feb. 7.
Holding an overall record of 32-4, six of his wins and three of his losses came from opponents also named to the current list. During his fall tour Vives beat No. 36 Jason Tahir (No. 14 Duke), No. 116 Luca Cortineli (No. 4 UVA) and No. 39 Leandro Toledo (No. 51 Minnesota), all leading to his win of November’s Dick Vitale Invite, after losing to No. 31 Nathan Pasha (No. 9 UGA) in the quarterfinals of ITA Regionals.
To start the spring, Vives pulled wins over No. 90 Dominic Cotrone (No. 31 FSU) and No. 111 Dusty Boyer (No. 63 Nebraska), before falling in three sets to No. 64 Cochrane (No. 40 Auburn). In his most recent loss, Vives fell in a rematch to Toledo. After suffering only his second defeat of the year, the Green and Blue’s leading player rebounded with a win over No. 87 Chris Helliar of UAB, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4.
Vives’ early success on the season has garnered him two A-Sun weekly awards as he was named Player of the Week on Jan. 22 and Feb. 5.
So far this season three players from the A-Sun have been listed in the rankings, but Vives is the only player from the conference named in each of the six editions. Previously ranked were David Biosca, listed 116 from Mar. 26-April 7, and Diego Nunez, listed 124th from Mar.11-25, from ETSU.
The next round of ITA rankings will be released on April 22 and the current rankings can be viewed in their completion here.
Third-seeded FGCU will make its third straight appearance at the A-Sun Championship on Thursday when it takes on sixth-seeded Mercer in the quarterfinals at 11:30 a.m. FGCU enters sporting an 11-9 overall mark with a 6-2 A-Sun regular season, while Mercer is 8-16 (2-5 A-Sun). The Eagles got the better of the Bears in the regular season meeting in Fort Myers by a 5-1 margin.
The winner will take on second-seeded UNF (13-9, 6-0 A-Sun) in the semifinals on Friday at 11:30 a.m. Live stats are available for every match in the A-Sun Championship. Just log on to www.ATLANTICSUN.org or www.FGCUATHLETICS.com for the links along with a preview stories leading into each day. Fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #ASunMTEN on twitter during the weekend action.