FORT MYERS, Fla. – While the overcast sky above made for a dreary spring day, the show FGCU’s men’s tennis team put on in its match against Mercer was everything but, as the Eagles claimed a 5-1 win over the Bears on Saturday at the FGCU Tennis Complex.
The FGCU improve to 8-9 (3-2 A-Sun) on the season, while Mercer falters to 7-14 (1-3 A-Sun).
“Today was a true team effort,” head coach CJ Weber said. “We had to start singles first because of the weather and I thought all six of our players stayed disciplined throughout their matches without getting distracted by the occasional drizzle. Overall I am very happy with the team’s determination today.”
Beginning the match with singles play the Green and Blue collected five wins, four in straight sets and the last in thrilling fashion.
Posting the Eagles first singles point for the second-straight match was Tianyu Bao (Tianjin, China/Bayshore HS) with a win at the No. 2 slot. Making quick work of Mercer’s Arnav Mohanty, Bao took both sets with a score of 6-3.
Next to finish was Lucas Vaz (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Colegio Fleming/Tulsa), finding victory in the No. 4 position. The sophomore handed Anderson Scarpa a 6-3 decision in the first set and took the second a quick 6-2 for the overall win.
Playing the third position was Dean Tsamas (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay HS), who proved to be too much for Joao Pagan to handle as he soared to a 6-1, 6-4 win. Building on his title of the most victorious player in FGCU’s D-I history, the win marks the 59th of Tsamas’ career, and 17th in a conference dual match.
Clinching the match for the Eagles was Lance Lvovsky (Dania, Fla./Broward Virtual School/Jacksonville) after finding success in the No. 5 slot as he routed Austin Emmet to a loss at 7-5, 6-3, extending the Eagles’ lead to 4-0.
Posting FGCU’s fifth and final point was No. 62 Jordi Vives (Barcelona, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada/USC) coming out on the up end in a three-set thriller against Oliver Snaider in the one-singles match. After Vives took the first set an easy 6-1, Snaider upped his game in the second to stay on serve with Vives and force a tiebreak at six all. Determined not to let the match end Snaider took the second, 6-7 (5-7), to force a final set. An early break in the third by Vives gave him a 3-1 lead, and ultimately the victory at 6-4.
“We again had four straight set matches, which is always nice,” Weber said. “I’m particularly happy for Dean, as he found his game a bit today and played with some great intensity.”
With the weather still bleakly holding up the teams began doubles play, but were cut short due to lightning, leaving all three matched unfinished. Before exiting the courts Vives and Tsamas were up, 7-4, in the one slot; Adrian Reid (Lima, Peru/Altair School) and Vaz were up, 5-3, in the third position; and Lvovsky and Bao were on serve, 4-4, at No. 2.
“Although we didn’t get to finish doubles, I was happy with our performance.” Weber said. “We played with great energy, being up breaks in No. 1 and No. 3 and being on serve in No. 2. Adrian played his first doubles match of the year today and came out firing alongside Lucas.”
Up next the Eagles will hit the road facing NKU on April 4 and Lipscomb on April 5, each at 2 p.m. For complete coverage of FGCU men’s tennis this season, follow us on Twitter @FGCU_MTEN and visit www.FGCUAthletics.com where full recaps and results will be available.
FGCU: 5 Mercer: 1
1. #62 Jordi Vives (FGCU) def. Oliver Snaider (MER) 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4
2. Tianyu Bao (FGCU) def. Arnav Mohanty (MER) 6-3, 6-3
3. Dean Tsamas (FGCU) def. Joao Pagan (MER) 6-1, 6-4
4. Lucas Vaz (FGCU) def. Anderson Scarpa (MER) 6-3, 6-2
5. Lance Lvovsky (FGCU) def. Austin Emmet (MER) 7-5, 6-3
6. Arsav Mohanty (MER) def. Gabriel Echeverry (FGCU) 6-4, 6-4
Order of finish: (2,4,3,5,6,1)
1. Dean Tsamas/Jordi Vives (FGCU) vs. Austin Emmet/Oliver Snaider (MER) 7-4, unfinished
2. Lance Lvovsky/Tianyu Bao (FGCU) vs. Arnav Mohanty/Arsav Mohanty (MER) 4-4, unfinished
3. Adrian Reid/Lucas Vaz (FGCU) vs. Anderson Scarpa/Joao Pagan (MER) 5-3, unfinished