FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team fell on the road 5-2 against FAU on Saturday in Boca Raton, Fla. Sophomores Dean Tsamas (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay HS) and Lance Lvovsky (Dania,Fla./Broward Virtual School/Jacksonville) each picked up their fourth dual match wins of the year.
FGCU falls to 2-3 on the season and FAU improves to 5-1.
In doubles, the Eagles fell behind 1-0 after losing all three doubles matches. Senior Matthew Rock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Fort Lauderdale HS/Jacksonville) and Lvovsky lost in a tiebreaker at No. 1 doubles against Taylor Albrecht and Will Neuner, 8-7 (7-3).
In singles action, FAU closed the match with victories at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 singles in straight sets. Junior Jackson Moore (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch HS/Georgia State) lost at No. 3 singles against Neuner, 6-1, 7-6 (9-7). Moore lost the second set tiebreaker, 9-7, to give the Owls the win.
Tsamas won his fourth-straight match after a straight sets win at No. 4 singles against Boris Bogomolov, 6-2, 7-5. Lvovsky followed with a win in the third set at No. 5 singles over Robert Dubuque, 6-2, 1-6, 6-2. Lvovsky has won four in a row after dropping his first dual match of the season.
Freshman Michael Beiler (Palm Harbor, Fla./Dunedin HS) lost against Garrett Betsarakis in straight sets, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4, at No. 6 singles. Beiler lost a tough opening set in a tiebreaker 10-8 to give FAU its fifth point of the match.
The Green and Blue welcome A-Sun foe Kennesaw State to the FGCU Tennis Complex on March 1 at 7 p.m.
Results and recaps will be available on www.FGCUathletics.com after each match this season.
Florida Atlantic 5, Florida Gulf Coast University 2
1. Albrecht, Taylor (FAU) def. Tianyu Bao (FGCU) 6-3, 6-3
2. Janssen, Chris (FAU) def. Matthew Rock (FGCU) 6-2, 7-5
3. Neuner, Will (FAU) def. Jackson Moore (FGCU) 6-1, 7-6 (9-7)
4. Dean Tsamas (FGCU) def. Bogomolov, Boris (FAU) 6-2, 7-5
5. Lance Lvovsky (FGCU) def. Dubuque, Robert (FAU) 6-2, 1-6, 6-2
6. Betsarakis, Garrett (FAU) def. Michael Beiler (FGCU) 7-6 (10-8), 6-4
1. Albrecht, Taylor/Neuner, Will (FAU) def. Lance Lvovsky/Matthew Rock (FGCU) 8-7 (7-3)
2. Betsarakis, Garrett/Bogomolov, Boris (FAU) def. Tianyu Bao/Michael Beiler (FGCU) 8-3
3. Bacha, Sean/Janssen, Chris (FAU) def. Collin Brown/Dean Tsamas (FGCU) 8-0
Florida Gulf Coast University 2-3
Florida Atlantic 5-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,2,3,4,5,6)