FORT MYERS, Fla. – Florida Gulf Coast University men’s tennis coach J. Webb Horton has announced his team’s 2009-10 schedule.
“With the leadership of Thibaud Aime and the addition some exciting new players, I expect to have a very competitive team,” Horton said. “Carlo Checchia, Matthew Rock, and Mitchell Lvovsky come to us as transfers who were all very solid competitors in their respective programs. I expect Sergio Rebolledo to come in and make and immediate impact. Collin Brown and Nicholas Moore are our two freshmen who will be welcome additions to our program. Our returners Binninger, Costa, and De Villa will all be fighting to get into the top six. Overall I am looking forward the 2009-10 season.”
The Eagles will be playing in three fall tournaments, beginning with the FGCU Fall Classic September 18-20. Two weeks later the Eagles will compete in the C.L. Varner Memorial Invitational (Oct. 9-11) before concluding their fall season at Georgia to participate in the ITA Southeast Regional Championships, October 22-26.
FGCU will kick off the spring season on January 16th with a home match against Florida A&M at 11 AM. One week later on January 23rd the Eagles will travel up to Tallahassee to take on Florida State, ranked 13th in the ITA preseason rankings. FGCU has two other matches against preseason ranked opponents, March 11th at home against #62 East Tennessee State and April 3rd at #70 USC Upstate.
Including Florida A&M and Florida State, the Eagles have five non-conference opponents this season. The other three non-conference matches are February 21st at Florida Atlantic, March 13th at home against Troy, and March 17th at home against New Jersey Institute of Technology.
The Atlantic Sun Conference portion of the schedule begins at home on February 6th against Stetson. The other A-Sun schools traveling to Fort Myers include North Florida, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, ETSU, and Mercer. The Eagles will travel to take on A-Sun foes Lipscomb, Belmont, Campbell, and USC Upstate.