NCAA Championship Round of 64
No. 45 Jordi Vives (21-2) def. No. 114 Philippe Tsangaridis (12-8) - 6-4, 6-3
Wednesday, May 21 | 3:00 PM | Dan Magill Tennis Complex
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ATHENS, Ga. – Continuing to achieve history and bring notoriety to FGCU men’s tennis in a national spotlight, ITA No. 45 Jordi Vives soared past No. 114 Philippe Tsangaridis of Coastal Carolina on Wednesday to give the Green and Blue their first ever NCAA postseason victory with 6-4, 6-3, win in the round of 64 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia.
“I’m very proud of Jordi,” head coach C.J. Weber said. “His preparation leading up to this tournament was excellent and it really paid of today. I believe Jordi is playing his best-ever tennis right now. He played someone who has a very similar game so it took a lot of discipline to make sure he came out on top. He didn’t face one break point the entire match and did a great job of fighting of his opponent’s big first serves.”
To start the first set, the players held their own, bringing the score to an even four games apiece. However, a hold in serve put Vives (Barcelona, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada/USC) up 5-4 before he broke Tsangaridis to take the set, 6-4, and the overall lead.
The second set was when Vives’ talent really began to shine as he rolled to an early 4-1 advantage while Tsangaridis was left running across the court trying to keep up. Back by consistent shots and holds in his serve the Barcelona native went on the claim the final set, 6-3, simultaneously giving the Eagles their first-ever NCAA postseason victory.
“I’m so thankful for all the support I’ve felt for this match even though I’m so far away from home,” Vives said. “I’m very proud that I could bring FGCU our first win in an NCAA match. As far as the game, I knew that after a few points I could find a way to break my opponent, so once I did I just kept playing my best and ultimately got the win. I have to give credit to Philippe as he played a great match to cap a terrific season.”
Vives moves to 21-2 on the spring season and 35-4 for his junior year. He will return to face the winner of Ryan Lipman (Vanderbilt) and Yannick Hanfmann (USC) in the round of 32 on Thursday. The time of first serve will be announced later Wednesday night.
All matches for the singles championship will be the best-of-three sets. Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six-games-all will be used for all matches. The singles tournament is single elimination.
Fans can follow Vives and his run through the 2014 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship on twitter at @FGCU_MTEN and www.FGCUAthletics.com for up-to-the-minute news and information.
Round of 64
No. 45 Jordi Vives (FGCU) def. No. 114 Philippe Tsangaridis (Coastal Carolina) – 6-4, 6-3