FORT MYERS, Fla. – A hard-fought doubles point turned into a strong singles performance, as No. 54 Old Dominion snapped the FGCU men’s tennis team’s two-match win streak on a cold Friday night by a 6-1 margin at the FGCU Tennis Complex.
The Eagles, who had defeated UConn and Oklahoma State in their previous two matches, slip to 4-5 on the season, while the Lions improve to 8-3 and extend their win streak to four matches.
“Give Old Dominion credit. They played very well tonight and played better in the big moments than we did,” said head coach C.J. Weber. “We will focus on a few things we learned from tonight and get better over spring break heading into another big weekend.”
The doubles point took nearly 90 minutes to decide, but it was a pair of 8-6 triumphs in the top two spots that helped ODU take a 1-0 lead. The Lions rolled out a trio of doubles tandems that had a combined 20-7 record entering the match. All three sported winning streaks, but it was juniors Dean Tsamas (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay HS) and Lance Lvovsky (Dania, Fla./Broward Virtual School/Jacksonville) that handed the team of Barrett and Schweig just their third loss of the spring (7-3) at the No. 3 spot.
Tsamas picked up right where he left off in singles play, making quick work of Dante Terenzio at the No. 3 spot with a 6-1, 6-1 win. Tsamas extended his win streak to four, a run in which he has yet to surrender a set. On the spring, Tsamas is 7-2 with six straight-set victories.
"Dean is playing some great tennis," Weber said. "His hard work and discipline in practice is really showing in his results this season."
Three of ODU’s singles wins came in straight sets, but sophomore Tianyu Bao’s (Tianjin, China/Bayshore HS-FL) loss to Albert Ochagavia at No. 2 singles was misleading. Bao fell 6-4 in the first set and then 7-6 in a tie-breaker in the second. The final two matches at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots went the max, as Lvovsky rallied to force a third set before falling and senior Jackson Moore (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch HS/Georgia State) lost the third set in a 10-8 tie-breaker.
FGCU will be back in action next weekend, beginning with a 2 p.m. home match against FAU on Friday, Mar. 8, before it travels to No. 69 Miami on Saturday at 3 p.m.
No. 54 Old Dominion 6, FGCU 1
Order of Finish: 3, 4, 2, 1, 6, 5
1. Carlos Lopez Villa (ODU) def. Jordi Vives (FGCU) – 6-2, 6-4
2. Albert Ochagavia (ODU) def. Tianyu Bao (FGCU) – 6-4, 7-6(4)
3. Dean Tsamas (FGCU) def. Dante Terenzio (ODU) – 6-1, 6-1
4. Wesley Barrett (ODU) def. Dylan Gunning (FGCU) – 6-1, 6-1
5. Jonas Kuwert (ODU) def. Lance Lvovsky (FGCU) – 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
6. Zvonimir Podvinski (ODU) def. Jackson Moore (FGCU) – 4-6, 6-3, 7-5(10-8)
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
1. Cetinel/Lopez Villa (ODU) def. Vives/Moore (FGCU) – 8-6
2. Ochagavia/Kuwert (ODU) def. Bao/Beiler (FGCU) – 8-6
3. Tsamas/Lvovsky (FGCU) def. Barrett/Schweig (ODU) 8-7 (7-4)