FORT MYERS, Fla. – Heading to Tallahassee this weekend, the FGCU men’s tennis team will participate in the Florida State Invitational hosted by Florida State University. The competition gets underway on Friday morning and concludes on Sunday afternoon.
The tournament format will be one flight of Singles A & B with one doubles flight. FGCU’s draw is listed below.
“This is another exciting weekend for us as a team because we were able to practice on what we needed to improve from last weekend’s results.” said first-year head coach C.J. Weber. “We’ll see if those improvements will turn into more success.”
The Green and Blue will be up against teams coming from UAB, Southern Mississippi, Jacksonville, Bethune-Cookman, UNF, FAMU, South Alabama and host Florida State. Florida State, ranked No. 47 in the preseason ITA, and North Florida, ranked No. 75, are the two ranked teams participating.
The field will also feature the nationally-ranked doubles team of Andres Bucaro and Anderson Reed from Florida State, who are No. 50 in the ITA preseason doubles rankings.
The Eagles will be taking their full squad again this weekend after seven of the nine players picked up either a singles win or a doubles victory last weekend at USF’s State of Florida Tournament.
FGCU will feature three doubles teams playing for the first time together this fall in redshirt junior Jackson Moore (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch HS/Georgia State)and freshman Michael Beiler (Palm Harbor, Fla./Dunedin HS), sophomore Lance Lvovsky (Dania,Fla./Broward Virtual School/Jacksonville) and junior Collin Brown (Victoria, Texas/Memorial HS), junior Gabriel Echeverry (Popayan, Columbia/Gimnasio Calibio HS) and sophomore Dean Tsamas (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay HS).
Results and Recaps will be available on www.FGCUathletics.com after the tournament.
Singles A Draw
Dean Tsamas (FGCU) vs. Andres Bucaro (FSU)
Lance Lvovsky (FGCU) vs. Daniel Sotomarino (UNF)
Jackon Moore (FGCU) vs. Salif Kante (FAMU)
Matthew Rock (FGCU) vs. Eduardo Martiniez (Jacksonville)
Singles B Draw
Tianyu Bao (FGCU) vs. Max De Juan (Southern Miss.)
Michael Beiler (FGCU) vs. winner of Blake Gregor (South Alabama) vs. Elmon Haywood (Jacksonville)
Steve Binninger (FGCU) vs. Richard Casagrande (Jacksonville)
Gabriel Echeverry (FGCU) vs. Christian Kuchne (South Alabama)
Collin Brown (FGCU) vs. Timo Kranz (UNF)
Gabriel Echeverry/Dean Tsamas (FGCU) vs. Lucas Dirube/James Gardner (UAB)
Michael Beiler/Jackson Moore (FGCU) vs. Danny Manlow/Chris Helliar (UAB)
Matthew Rock/Tianyu Bao (FGCU) vs. Blake Davis/Juan Andres Bucarco (FSU)
Lance Lvovsky/Collin Bown (FGCU) vs. Jose Fantova/Larry Condez (Jacksonville)