Tsamas, Vives Highlight FGCU’s Second Day at Bedford Cup
Saturday, September 15, 2012 | by Patrick Pierson (@pierson_sid)
Tsamas trailed UNF's Kranz 5-0 in the third set, but battled back to advance to the Round of 16. (Photo by Dennis Snyder)
Tsamas trailed UNF's Kranz 5-0 in the third set, but battled back to advance to the Round of 16. (Photo by Dennis Snyder)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – After five players picked up five singles wins on Friday, junior Dean Tsamas (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay HS) and sophomore Jordi Vives (Barcelona, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada/USC) represented the FGCU men’s tennis team in the Round of 16 on Saturday at the 2012 Bedford Cup hosted by the University of Florida.

FGCU’s five singles wins on Friday were the second-most in the field that featured all 11 NCAA Division I men’s tennis programs in the state of Florida.

Vives produced his third straight-set victory of the season to start the day, advancing to the Round of 16 with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Juan Carlos Acuna from USF. Facing the No. 2 seed Mike Alford from Florida for a chance to advance to the quarterfinals, Vives took the first set it commanding fashion, 6-2, but fell short in the final two as Alford completed the comeback with 6-2, 6-4 wins.

Tsamas, who also advanced to the Round of 16 last weekend at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships hosted by Georgia, started the day with an inspiring three-set win over UNF’s Timo Kranz. After dropping the first set by a 6-2 margin, Tsamas battled back to take the second set, 6-4, and overcame a 5-0 deficit in the final set before prevailing, 7-5. Tsamas’ run came to an end a few hours later against the No. 4 seed Florent Diep of Florida, 6-1 and 6-2.

“We are making steps in the right direction with this program and Dean’s performance today against Kranz was inspiring to say the least,” said head coach C.J. Weber. “Its efforts like this that will make this team successful. I wish more people could have seen that match because it was great.”

“Down 5-0 in the third set, coach just told me to go down swinging,” said Tsamas. “After that everything just fell into place. I couldn’t be happier to win that match given the adversity and I know that match will help me later in the season. I thought everyone on the team put in a good showing today and the entire weekend. We’re growing more and more as a team every time we take the court.”

In all, FGCU went a combined 7-6 in the main singles draw.

Singles Tournament
First Round (Friday)
Tianyu Bao (FGCU) def. Erik Halaj (Stetson) – 6-2, 6-0
Jackson Moore (FGCU) def. Kip Jackson (Bethune-Cookman) – 6-4, 6-4
Dean Tsamas (FGCU) def. Moritz Pronath (Bethune-Cookman) – 6-3, 6-4
Chidi Gabriel (FAMU) def. Michael Beiler (FGCU) – 6-4, 6-3
Dylan Gunning (FGCU) def. Jack Murphy (Miami) – 7-6, 6-3
Jordi Vives (FGCU) def. Santiago Lobelo (Bethune-Cookman) – 6-2, 6-0

Second Round (Saturday)
No. 17 Bob Van Overbeek (Florida) def. Tianyu Bao (FGCU) – 6-3, 6-4
Jorge Blasco (UCF) def. Jackson Moore (FGCU) – 6-7, 7-6, 6-2
Dean Tsamas (FGCU) def. Timo Kranz (UNF) – 2-6, 6-4, 7-5
Guillermo De Vilchez (USF) def. Dylan Gunning (FGCU) – 6-2, 7-5
Jordi Vives (FGCU) def. Juan Carlos Acuna (USF) – 6-2, 6-4

Round of 16 (Saturday)
Florent Diep (Florida) def. Dean Tsamas (FGCU) – 6-1, 6-2
Mike Alford (Florida) def. Jordi Vives (FGCU) – 2-6, 6-2, 6-4

Consolation Singles (Saturday)
Fernando Costa (UNF) def. Michael Beiler (FGCU) – 6-1, 6-4

Doubles Tournament
First Round (Friday)
Moore/Tsamas (FGCU) def. Dzib/Patel (USF) – 8-6
Kante/Happy (FAMU) def. Gunning/Beiler (FGCU) – 8-5
Houston/Rinaldi (FSU) def. Vives/Bao (FGCU) – 8-6

Round of 16 (Friday)
Gonzales/Gauer (FSU) def. Moore/Tsamas (FGCU) – 8-5