FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team earned the doubles point and won four singles matches to defeat Georgia Southern, 5-2 on Saturday at the FGCU Tennis Complex. Sophomore Dean Tsamas (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay HS) earned the clinching point at No. 4 singles.
FGCU improves to 1-2 on the season and Georgia Southern falls to 1-3.
“This was a great victory for everybody affiliated with this program,” said first-year head coach C.J. Weber. “We knew today was not going to be easy as Georgia Southern is a well-coached group of competitors but our guys showed a lot of guts today and I couldn’t be more proud of them. It’s a long season ahead and we just got to refocus to get ready for Bethune-Cookman.”
In doubles, the Eagles came out and took control by sweeping the doubles matches for the first time since transitioning to Division I. The team of freshmen Tianyu Bao (Tianjin, China/Bayshore HS) and Michael Beiler (Palm Harbor, Fla./Dunedin HS) clinched the doubles point with an 8-4 victory against Georgia Southern’s Alain Garrido and Andrew Dromsky, at No. 2 doubles.
Senior Matthew Rock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Fort Lauderdale HS/Jacksonville) and Lance Lvovsky (Dania,Fla./Broward Virtual School/Jacksonville) rallied in their doubles match to defeat Kyle Hoffman and Matthijs Verdam, from Georgia Southern, 8-7 (7-4), at No. 1 doubles.
In the final doubles match, the team of sophomore Dean Tsamas (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay HS) and junior Collin Brown (Victoria, Texas/Memorial HS) won easily at No. 3 doubles against Sebastien Felt and Daniel Rush, 8-2.
The momentum carried over in singles action as Lvovsky won in straight sets against Daniel Rush, 6-1, 6-0, to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead in the match.
Georgia Southern cut the lead to 2-1 after Andrew Dromsky defeated Beiler, 6-3, 7-6 (7-0), at No. 6 singles.
Bao earned his first dual match victory of the season at No. 2 singles with a straight sets win against Verdam, 6-4, 6-4.
With FGCU leading 3-1 in the match, Tsamas would rally for a match clinching win against Hoffman, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4). Tsamas would win the third set tiebreaker, 7-4, to complete the comeback and give the Eagles their first victory of the season.
“It felt awesome to beat a team we lost to last year and especially to get the doubles points,” said Tsamas. “We have been working just as hard as anyone this year and we knew we were the tougher group of guys. The focus is now on Bethune-Cookman tomorrow.”
Junior Jackson Moore (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch HS/Georgia State) continued his solid start to the season with a tough three set win against Alber Codina Sala, 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 6-3, at No. 3 singles. Moore improves to 3-0 in dual matches after being down, 6-0, in the first set tiebreaker, to win eight straight points to take the set, 8-6. Moore finished off the win in the third set by winning, 6-3.
In the final match of the day, Rock lost a tough match in the third set super tiebreaker against Garrido, 7-5, 5-7, 1-0 (10-4). Rock lost the super tiebreaker 10-4 as his rally came up just short. The Green and Blue will be back on the court against Bethune-Cookman on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the FGCU Tennis Complex.
Results and recaps will be available on www.FGCUathletics.com after each match this season.
FGCU 5, Georgia Southern 2
1. Alain Garrido (GS) def. Matthew Rock (FGCU) 7-5, 5-7, 1-0 (10-4)
2. Tianyu Bao (FGCU) def. Matthijs Verdam (GS) 6-4, 6-4
3. Jackson Moore (FGCU) def. Albert Codina Sala (GS) 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 6-3
4. Dean Tsamas (FGCU) def. Kyle Hoffman (GS) 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)
5. Lance Lvovsky (FGCU) def. Daniel Rush (GS) 6-1, 6-0
6. Andrew Dromsky (GS) def. Michael Beiler (FGCU) 6-3, 7-6 (7-0)
1. Lance Lvovsky/Matthew Rock (FGCU) def. Kyle Hoffman/Matthijs Verdam (GS) 8-7 (7-4)
2. Tianyu Bao/Michael Beiler (FGCU) def. Alain Garrido/Andrew Dromsky (GS) 8-4
3. Collin Brown/Dean Tsamas (FGCU) def. Sebastien Felt/Daniel Rush (GS) 8-2
Georgia Southern 1-3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,6,2,4,3,1)