Vives Named Player Of The Year, Highlights @FGCU_MTEN’s Four A-Sun Honors
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | by Sara Roberts (@Srob__)

MACON, Ga. – Just one day before the FGCU men’s tennis team makes its debut as a program-best No. 3 seed in this weekend’s Atlantic Sun Championship, juniors Jordi Vives and Tianyu Bao earned a quartet of postseason honors with Vives (Barcelona, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada/USC) named Player of the Year, to the All-Conference First Team and the Academic All-Conference squad, and Bao (Tianjin, China/Bayshore HS) to the All-Conference First Team.

“Both Jordi and Bao could not be more deserving of these honors,” head coach CJ Weber said. “They are the epitome of what it means to be a student-athlete at FGCU.”

Vives is the first player in FGCU history to be named A-Sun Player of the Year, which is more than fitting as he became the first to be named to the A-Sun All-Conference First Team in 2013 and was the first member of the Green and Blue to earn an ITA ranking with his premiere on the list this January.

The Barcelona native’s naming as the best in the conference is well deserved as Vives went a perfect 8-0 against A-Sun competition, playing the top spot in each match. With an overall record of 18-2, he leads the conference in wins and boasts an outstanding winning percentage of .900. Equally as impressive as his unblemished conference record was his ability to oust five A-Sun opponents in straight sets and hold each of the eight to a scoring average of just 3 games per set.

Currently listed No. 60 in the ITA for singles, Vives is the only player from the A-Sun to have been named as one of the nation’s 125 best players in each edition this season.

Earning a spot on the Academic All-Conference Team for the second year in a row, the dedication Vives displays on the court can also be seen in the classroom as the junior holds a 3.51 GPA majoring in communications.

“Jordi has put together a season for the ages that every college tennis player strives for,” Weber said. “He has remained undefeated in the conference and has an overall record of 32-4 for his junior year, which is simply magical! On top of that he has done everything with an incredible amount of class.”

For Bao, a spot on this year’s All-Conference First Team is part of a natural progression as the junior was named Freshman of the Year in 2012 and a member of the All-Conference Second Team in 2013. Playing two singles, Bao bested five A-Sun opponents this season highlighted by a straight-set upset over then-No. 124 Diego Nunez of ETSU and a match-clinching victory over Stetson’s Laurynas Antropikas to give FGCU its first-ever defeat of the Hatters.

“I couldn’t be happier for Bao,” Weber said. “This was his goal for the entire year, and it’s an incredible accomplishment. His placement on the First Team shows the high level of respect the coaches in the conference have for him and for his game.”

Third-seeded FGCU will make its third straight appearance at the A-Sun Championship on Thursday when it takes on sixth-seeded Mercer in the quarterfinals at 11:30 a.m. FGCU enters sporting an 11-9 overall mark with a 6-2 A-Sun regular-season mark, while Mercer is 8-16 (2-5 A-Sun). The Eagles got the better of the Bears in the regular-season meeting in Fort Myers by a 5-1 margin.

The winner will take on second-seeded UNF (13-9, 6-0 A-Sun) in the semifinals on Friday at 11:30 a.m. Live stats are available for every match in the A-Sun Championship. Just log on to or for the links along with a preview stories leading into each day. Fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #ASunMTen on twitter during the weekend action.

Player of the Year: Jordi Vives, FGCU
Freshman of the Year: Jack Findel-Hawkins, North Florida
Coach of the Year: Yaser Zaatini, ETSU 

First Team All-Atlantic Sun
*Jordi Vives FGCU
David Biosca ETSU
Diego Nunez ETSU
Tianyu Bao FGCU
Simon Pritchard Kennesaw State
Jack Findel-Hawkins North Florida
Caio Gomes North Florida
Mate Virag Northern Kentucky
Nathan Debut Stetson
*Unanimous Vote
+ A tie in the voting caused a nine-person team 

Second Team All-Atlantic Sun
By Position (Singles)
#1 Matthias Kiddler USC Upstate
#2 Norbert Nemcsek North Florida
#3 Yannick Zuern North Florida
     Sebastian Yllera ETSU
#4 Kahit Kapukiran Stetson
     Ismael Merino ETSU
#5 Graham Ball Stetson
#6 Roger Ordeig ETSU
By Position (Doubles)
#1 Caio Gomes/Yannick Zuern North Florida
#2 David Biosca/Roger Ordeig ETSU
#3 Conner Huertas/Sebastian Yllera 

All-Freshman Team
Jack Findel-Hawkins North Florida
* David Biosca ETSU
* Simon Pritchard Kennesaw State
* Mate Virag Northern Kentucky
Ismael Merino ETSU
Diego Nunez ETSU
Yannick Zuern North Florida
Graham Ball Stetson
*Unanimous Vote 

Academic All-Atlantic Sun Conference Team
Ismael Merino (ETSU) - 3.90, Pre-Business
Roger Ordeig (ETSU) - 3.83, Psychology / Human Resources
Ricardo Pabon (ETSU) - 3.92, Pre-Business
Jordi Vives (FGCU) - 3.51, Communication
Jorge Wilton (Kennesaw State) - 3.92, Finance
Jody Maginley (Northern Kentucky) - 3.77, Construction Management
Chester Espie (Stetson) - 3.63, Finance
Yvon Haessig (USC Upstate) - 3.83, Business Administration