FORT MYERS, Fla. – After a busy 11-match non-conference slate to start out the spring that featured wins over Oklahoma State, UConn and FAU, the FGCU men’s tennis team will begin its quest for an Atlantic Sun championship this weekend with a pair of home matches against Lipscomb and new member Northern Kentucky.
The Eagles, who sit at 5-6 entering conference action, will host Lipscomb on Thursday night at 6 p.m. and Northern Kentucky on Saturday at 6 p.m. FGCU is 3-2 at home this season with wins over Troy, Oklahoma State and FAU.
FGCU has won three of its last five matches with its only two losses coming against ranked foes. The win over Oklahoma State snapped the Cowboys’ four-match win streak and since then they have entered the ITA poll at No. 65.
Sophomore Jordi Vives (Barcelona, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada/USC) has won five of his last six matches at the top spot in the lineup, leading a singles charge that has gone 17-13 over the last five matches. Vives, sophomore Tianyu Bao (Tianjin, China/Bayshore HS-FL) and juniors Dean Tsamas (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay HS) make up the half of the lineup that has combined to go 11-4 over the last five matches. Tsamas, who won five straight prior to Miami, leads the team with an 8-3 record, while Vives (5-3) and Bao (5-6) both have five wins.
FGCU’s all-time series with Lipscomb has been drenched with drama, as the last three meetings have been decided by a 4-3 margin, all going in favor of the Bisons. Lipscomb leads the all-time series at 3-2, while the Green and Blue will look for their second straight win in an A-Sun opener. The meeting with NKU will be the first between the two programs.
Lipscomb is 3-6 on the season with three of the losses coming against ranked teams. The Bisons tied the Eagles in the A-Sun standings in 2012 at 4-5 and fell in the first round of the A-Sun Championship.