FORT MYERS, Fla. – Riding a two-match win streak, the FGCU men’s tennis team serves into play in the Atlantic Sun Conference as it welcomes North Florida to The Nest on Sunday at Noon.
“Tomorrow hosting UNF is a great way to open play in our conference,” head coach C.J. Weber said. “UNF is one of the better teams in the A-Sun so we anticipate a very tough match. I’m looking forward to seeing how we compete and battle in tomorrow’s match.”
FGCU enters Sunday’s contest at 3-5 while UNF sits at 3-8.
OUT FOR REDEMPTION
Facing the Ospreys in both the regular and post season, FGCU posted a pair of losses to UNF in 2013. When the pair squared off during the regular season FGCU fell just short of handing then-No. 66 UNF its first conference defeat of the year. The Eagles nearly bounced back from losing the doubles point as they became just the second team in A-Sun play to win three singles matches against the Ospreys. FGCU took its first lead of the match after a win from Jordi Vives (Barcelona, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada/USC) at No. 1 singles and a UNF retire in No. 4 for a 2-1 advantage. UNF quickly regained the lead and clinched the match point by responding with the next three singles victories at the No. 3, No. 5 and No. 6 spots, for a 4-3 win. The two met again in the A-Sun Tournament semifinals where the Ospreys claimed a victory at the 4-0 mark.
ONE CLEAN COURT
Following the Eagles’ sweep of Florida A&M last Saturday, the courts of the FGCU Tennis Complex haven’t been cleaner all season. The Green and Blue claimed a commanding win over the Rattlers, taking each of the singles matches in straight sets and the doubles point for a 7-0 victory. Highlighting the group of wins, was the doubles victory by Lucas Vaz (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Colegio Fleming/Tulsa) and Chris Perrigan (Tallahassee, Fla./Maclay HS). Topping Zack Evenden and Carols Agustin Waitman 8-7 (4) in the No. 3 slot, the win was the first of Perrigan’s dual-match career.
54 AND RISING
Climbing 39 spots in the national ranks, Vives was listed 54th in the third edition of ITA rankings, released last Tuesday. Previously ranked 66th (Jan. 2-Feb. 11) and 93rd (Feb. 11-25), Vives’ jump to 54 is a result of his 7-1 record playing one singles in each of this season’s dual matches. After ending his fall campaign with nine-straight wins, Vives opened the spring season with victories over No. 36 Florida State and No. 60 Nebraska, increasing his streak to 11, which at the time was the longest in the nation. After establishing his reign on Jan. 23, the Barcelona native extended his streak to 14, before falling to No. 24 Auburn’s Daniel Cochrane, then-ranked 112th, on Feb. 7.
2013 CONFERENCE REWIND
The Eagles made a significant jump in Atlantic Sun play during the 2013 season. Finishing fourth in the conference, with a 4-4 record, FGCU made program history achieving its first ever postseason win beating USC Upstate, 4-2, in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.
After Sunday’s match the Eagles continue a home stint as they host Wright State on Mar. 5 at 5 p.m. For complete coverage of FGCU men’s tennis against UNF, follow us on Twitter @FGCU_MTEN and visit www.FGCUAthletics.com where full recaps and results will be available at the end of each day.