FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team will look to carry over the momentum from its 7-0 sweep against UConn into this Saturday’s home match against another BCS opponents when it hosts Oklahoma State at 5 p.m. at the FGCU tennis complex.
In its last night match against SMU two weeks ago, FGCU broke the program’s attendance record with 992 fans. Since opening its spring season against back-to-back ranked opponents, the Eagles have gone 3-2, producing an 18-12 singles mark and 10-5 doubles record.
Sophomore Jordi Vives (Barcelona, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada/USC) was named the Atlantic Sun Player of the Week on Wednesday after an unbeaten weekend at top singles and doubles against UCF and UConn. FGCU has accounted for three of the five A-Sun Player of the Week awards handed out in the spring. Junior Dean Tsamas (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay HS) and sophomore Tianyu Bao (Tianjin, China/Bayshore HS-FL) has also taken home the weekly honor.
The Cowboys (5-2) will enter with some momentum of their own having won four straight matches, including a sweep and a pair of 6-1 routs, but haven’t seen game action for two weeks. Also within that string of four wins is a 4-3 victory at Nebraska, as both of Cowboys’ losses are against ranked teams in No. 19 Tennessee and No. 71 ETSU.
FGCU has been particularly strong at the No. 1 and No. 2 singles spots with the trio of Vives, Bao and Tsamas going a combined 7-3 over the last five matches. Vives’ start to the spring was marred by injury before he returned to full strength last weekend with his two wins at the top spot. Bao has gone 3-4 in singles playing both the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, while Tsamas leads the club with a 5-2 mark, going 2-1 at the No. 2 position.
The Eagles have taken the doubles point in three of the last four matches, producing a pair of doubles sweeps and a record of 9-3 over that span. Vives and senior Jackson Moore (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch HS/Georgia State) have teamed up to go a perfect 4-0 this spring, playing two matches at the No. 2 position before going 2-0 at the top spot last weekend against UCF and UConn. After a tough 8-7 loss to No. 32 Florida State’s No. 2 doubles squad to open the year, Bao and classmate Michael Beiler (Palm Harbor, Fla./Dunedin HS) returned to the court together in style last weekend with a 2-0 mark in which it gave up a total of five games.
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