FORT MYERS, Fla. – Heading to Tampa this weekend, the FGCU men’s tennis team will participate in the State of Florida Tennis Tourney hosted by the University of South Florida. The competition gets underway on Friday morning and concludes on Sunday afternoon.
The tournament format will be one flight of Singles A & B with one doubles flight. FGCU’s draw will be listed below.
“I’m looking forward to my first weekend with the team,” said first-year head coach C.J. Weber. “The competition is going to be some of the toughest in the country and I can’t wait to see how the guys respond. This is our first opportunity to showcase what this team will be about this season.”
The Green and Blue will be up against premier talent coming from Florida, Florida State, UCF, UNF, FAU, Miami and host USF. Five of the eight teams competing were ranked in the ITA National Rankings a season ago, including No. 9 Florida and No. 27 Miami.
The field will also feature nationally-ranked players in Nassim Slilam of Florida, who is No. 37 in the ITA preseason singles rankings and the doubles tandem of Billy Federhofer & Slilam are No. 36 in the ITA preseason doubles rankings.
FGCU will be taking all nine players to the tournament with seniors Steve Binninger (St. Augustine, Fla./Saint Joseph Academy HS) and Matthew Rock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Jacksonville) leading the Eagles. Juniors Gabriel Echeverry (Popayan, Columbia/Gimnasio Calibio HS), Collin Brown (Tallahassee, Fla./Florida State), Jackson Moore (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch HS/Georgia State) and sophomore Dean Tsamas (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay HS), who led the team with eight dual-match wins a season ago, round out the upperclassmen.
Freshmen Tianyu Bao (Bradenton, Fla./Bayshore HS), Michael Beiler (Palm Harbor, Fla./Dunedin HS) and sophomore transfer Lance Lvovsky (Dania,Fla./Broward Virtual School/Jacksonville) will be making their Eagles debut this weekend.
Results and Recaps will be available on www.FGCUathletics.com after the tournament.
Singles A Draw
Dean Tsamas (FGCU) vs. Matthew Gladstone (UCF)
Lance Lvovsky (FGCU) vs. Moritz Buerchner (UNF)
Singles B Draw
Collin Brown (FGCU) vs. Brian Aiden (FSU)
Michael Beiler (FGCU) vs. Norbert Nemcsek (UNF)
Steve Binninger (FGCU) vs. Sebastian Hagn (USF)
Gabriel Echeverry (FGCU) vs. Juan Bolona (UCF)
Jackson Moore (FGCU) vs. Timo Kranz (UNF)
Matthew Rock/Tianyu Bao (FGCU) vs. Sebastian Hagn/Juan Carlos Acuna (USF)
Lance Lvovsky/Dean Tsamas (FGCU) vs. Wael Kilani/Federico Sabogal (USF)
Michael Beiler/Steve Binninger (FGCU) vs. Pedro Ast/Santiago Nieto (UM)