FORT MYERS, Fla. – A day after earning FGCU’s first-ever automatic bid to the NCAA Men’s Tennis Individual Championship, FGCU men’s tennis junior Jordi Vives still represents the Eagles in a national spotlight through his placement at No. 45 in the ninth installment of Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, announced by ITA officials on Thursday 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), No. 65 (April 8-14), No. 60 (April 15-21) and No. 50 (April 22-30) Vives’ (Barcelona, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada/USC) placement at 45 is a result of his 20-2 record playing one singles in each of the 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 34-4, seven of his wins and three of his losses came from opponents also named to the current list. During his fall tour Vives beat No. 32 Jason Tahir (No. 11 Duke), No. 117 Luca Cortineli (No. 4 UVA), No. 38 Leandro Toledo (No. 54 Minnesota) and No. 124 Zach McCourt (Princeton), all leading to his win of November’s Dick Vitale Invite, after losing to No. 30 Nathan Pasha (No. 8 UGA) in the quarterfinals of ITA Regionals.
To start the spring, Vives pulled wins over No. 66 Dominic Cotrone (No. 33 FSU) and No. 110 Dusty Boyer (Nebraska), before falling in three sets to No. 62 Cochrane (No. 42 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. 83 Chris Helliar of UAB, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4.
Vives’ success on the season garnered him recognition in the conference as he was named A-Sun Player of the Year, to the All-Conference First Team and to the Academic All-Conference Team.
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 nine 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 current ITA rankings can be viewed in their completion here.
Vives will continue his incredible season at the 2014 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship, running May 21-26 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. The bracket will be announced on closer to the date of competition. Fans can follow Vives and the FGCU men’s tennis team on twitter at @FGCU_MTEN and check www.FGCUAthletics.com for up-to-the-minute news and information.