Bao Wins Twice to Advance in Consolation Bracket at ITA Southeast Regionals
Saturday, October 20, 2012 | by Patrick Pierson (@Pierson_SID)

TALLAHASEE, Fla. – Sophomore Tianyu Bao (Tianjin, China/Bayshore HS-FL) was one of three FGCU men’s tennis players to open the consolation bracket at the USTA/ITA Southeast Regionals hosted by Florida State with a win on Saturday morning and advanced through the Round of 16 with another victory in the afternoon to advance to Sunday.

Bao held off Georgia Southern’s Oliver Webb in three sets, taking the third and deciding frame, 10-5 in tie-breakers. In the afternoon, Bao took down USF’s Everth Dzib in straight sets, 6-2 and 6-2 to advance to the consolation bracket quarterfinals on Sunday. Bao will take on Georgia Tech’s Nathan Rakitt.

Rakitt ended junior Dean Tsamas’ (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay HS) stay in the consolation bracket to advance to Sunday’s matchup with Bao. Tsamas opened the day with back-to-back 6-3 set wins against Georgia Southern’s Marco Osorio.

The final opening consolation bracket victory came from sophomore Jordi Vives (Barcelona, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada/USC), who picked up his ninth singles win off the fall, but his first of the three-set variety, taking down Andrew Dromsku of Georgia Southern, 6-3, 6-7(4), 10-4.

Representing the Southeast Region along with FGCU is host Florida State, Georgia, Florida, Georgia Tech, Miami, USF, Florida A&M, North Florida, UCF, FAU, Kennesaw State, Stetson, Georgia State and Georgia Southern.

Fans can get updates on FGCU men’s tennis on twitter by following @FGCU_MTEN or by searching the hashtag #USTAITARegionals. Daily recaps with results will be available at www.FGCUATHLETICS.com.

Round of 32 – Saturday
Dean Tsamas (FGCU) def. Marco Osorio (Georgia State) – 6-3, 6-3
Tianyu Bao (FGCU) def. Oliver Webb (Georgia Southern) – 6-3, 5-7, 10-5
Jordi Vives (FGCU) def. Andrew Dromsky (Georgia Southern) – 6-3, 6-7(4), 10-4


Round of 16 – Saturday
Tianyu Bao (FGCU) def. Everth Dzib (USF) 6-2, 6-4
Rakitt (Georgia Tech) def. Dean Tsamas (FGCU) 7-6 (5), 6-0
Tobias Menhofer (Kennesaw State) def. Jordi Vives (FGCU) 6-4, 7-6(4)

Round of 64 – Friday
No. 1 Seed Van Overbeek (Florida) def. Dean Tsamas (FGCU) – 6-0, 6-0
Billy Federhofer (Florida) def. Tianyu Bao (FGCU) – 6-3, 6-2
Juan Melian (Georgia Tech) def. (16) Jordi Vives (FGCU) – 4-6, 6-1, 7-5

Round of 32 – Saturday
Dean Tsamas (FGCU) vs. Simon Julin (Stetson)
Tianyu Bao (FGCU) vs. Oliver Webb (Georgia Southern)
Jordi Vives (FGCU) vs. Andrew Dromsku (Georgia Southern)

Round of 64 – Friday
Tsamas/Echeverry (FGCU) – Bye
Bao/Lvovsky (FGCU) – Bye
Stancati/Gonzalez (Miami) def. Vives/Moore (FGCU) – 8-5
Gauer/Gonzalez (FSU) def. Brown/Beiler (FGCU) – 8-1

Round of 32 – Friday
Neuner/Dubuque (FAU) def. Tsamas/Echeverry (FGCU) – 8-3
Menhofer/Theodor (Kennesaw St.) def. Bao/Lvovsky (FGCU) – 8-2

Gabe Echeverry (FGCU) def. Alexander Pena (Kennesaw St.) – 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
Everth Dzib (USF) def. Gabe Echeverry (FGCU) – 3-6, 6-0, 6-3
Jackson Moore (FGCU) def. Louis Theodor (Kennesaw St.) – 6-2, 6-2
Garrett Gordon (Georgia Tech) def. Jackson Moore (FGCU) – 6-3, 7-5
Lance Lvovsky (FGCU) def. Rich Meade (FAU) – 6-1, 6-0
Michael Rinaldi (FSU) def. Lance Lvovsky (FGCU) – 6-3, 6-0
Simon Julin (Stetson) def. Colin Brown (FGCU) – 6-1, 6-1
Egor Panyushkin (Stetson) def. Michael Beiler (FGCU) – 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
Rayane Djouad (Ga. Southern) def. Dylan Gunning (FGCU) – 6-0, 6-1