FORT MYERS, Fla. – Anxious to get its 2013 championship season underway after a strong fall campaign, the FGCU men’s tennis team opened its home FGCU Invitational with four singles wins on Saturday at the FGCU Tennis Complex.
Featuring FGCU, USF, Tulane and The Citadel, the FGCU Spring Invitational is made up of seven singles draws of four players and three doubles draws of four teams. The winners of Saturday’s matches will play for the title of each draw.
Sophomore Jordi Vives (Barcelona, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada/USC), sophomore Tianyu Bao’s (Tianjin, China/Bayshore HS-FL), junior Dean Tsamas (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay HS) and redshirt junior Gabe Echeverry (Popayan, Colombia/ Gimnasio Calibio) will all play for the title in their respective singles flight.
“Today was a good opening day for us,” said head coach C.J. Weber. “We will be playing for single titles and a doubles title tomorrow against quality opponents. It’s only the first day of the season, but it’s an encouraging start.”
After posting an 8-4 record in the fall, Vives opened his first championship season with the Eagles with a hard-fought 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 victory over USF Nacho Gonzalez in Flight A. Vives will take on The Citadel’s David Orces in Sunday’s Flight A title match after he defeated Tulane’s Idan Mark in straight sets.
In Flight B, Bao advanced to take on USF’s Fedrico Sabogal in Sunday’s championship. Bao took care of Tulane’s Joe Young in straight sets, 7-6(3) and 6-4. The duo of Bao and Vives teamed up in Flight A Doubles, but fell to Mark and Young of Tulane, 8-4.
Tsamas quietly put together a strong fall with seven singles wins and on Saturday opened the spring with a singles and doubles victory. Tsamas will play for the Flight C Singles title after convincingly beating Cedric Rutsaert of Tulane, 6-4 and 6-3. In doubles action, Tsamas and junior Lance Lvovsky (Dania, Fla./ Broward Virtual School/Jacksonville) picked up the Green and Blue’s lone singles win on the day, taking down The Citadel’s Berkabile and Pauly, 8-6. The duo will face Rappaccioli and Van Cott of Tulane on Sunday for the Flight B Doubles crown.
FGCU’s fourth singles win of the day came in Flight G where Echeverry put together a pair of 6-3 sets en route to taking down The Citadel’s Oliver Dedding. Echeverry will take on USF’s Joao Souza for the title on Sunday.