TAMPA, Fla. –The FGCU men’s tennis team finished the final day at the State of Florida Championships hosted by the University of South Florida, with a pair of singles wins on Sunday afternoon.
The weather again played havoc on the three day tournament causing numerous delays leading to shorten days and less matches.
“It was a good ending to the tournament and I am proud of the way my guys fought in every match,” said head coach C.J. Weber. “I feel we needed to get this experience against some of the top teams in the country and this will help us grow in the long run.”
Senior Matthew Rock (Fort Lauderdale/Lauderdale HS) earned a singles win, 5-2, after North Florida’s Timo Kranz retired in the first set.
"The team is really coming together and everyone competed hard," said Rock. "There is still room for improvement and we are all confident that coach (Weber) will take us to the next level."
Freshman Tianyu Bao (Bradenton, Fla./Bayshore HS) won in straight sets against Chris Janseen, from Florida Atlantic, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3. Bao won the first set tiebreaker easily, 7-2, before winning the second set 6-3.
FGCU’s three-day stint at the State of Florida Championships has concluded with seven of the nine players earning at least one singles win. The men’s tennis team will be back in action next weekend at the Florida State University Invitational.
SINGLES B DRAW
Andres Bucaro (FSU) def. Jackson Moore (FGCU) – 6-4, 6-3
Victor Mauz (MIAMI) def. Lance Lvovsky (FGCU) – 6-2, 7-5
Matthew Rock (FGCU) def. Timo Kranz (UNF) – 5-2 retired
Tianyu Bao (FGCU) def. Chris Janssen (FAU) – 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
Taylor Albrecht/Will Nuener (FAU) def. Gabriel Echeverry/Collin Brown (FGCU) – 8-4