FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team claimed the doubles point and won five singles matches to route Atlantic Sun rival Jacksonville, 6-1, on Saturday at the FGCU Tennis Complex.
FGCU improves to 6-7 (3-3 A-Sun) on the season and Jacksonville drops to 12-6 (1-2 A-Sun).
“This is another big win for the program,” said first-year head coach C.J. Weber. “It’s not easy turning things around after three tough losses, but our guys showed a lot of grit and determination to get back on the winning trail.”
The Eagles earned two doubles wins to take a 1-0 lead in the match. Junior Jackson Moore (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch HS/Georgia State) and sophomore Dean Tsamas (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay HS) defeated Eduardo Martinez and Fernando Bano Lopez, 8-5, at No. 2 doubles. Freshmen Tianyu Bao (Tianjin, China/Bayshore HS) and Michael Beiler (Palm Harbor, Fla./Dunedin HS) clinched the point with a 8-4 victory against Eimon Heywood and Matt Hansen, at No. 3 doubles.
In the final match, the team of senior Matthew Rock (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Fort Lauderdale HS/Jacksonville) and sophomore Lance Lvovsky (Dania,Fla./Broward Virtual School/Jacksonville) fell just short against Jose Fantova and Richard Casagrande, 9-8 (12-10), at No. 1 doubles. Rock and Lvovsky battled to send the match into a tiebreaker at 8-8 and saved three match points in the breaker, before falling 12-10.
In singles action, Tsamas gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead after winning in straight sets against Casagrande, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 3 singles. Tsamas is 8-5 in dual matches and has a 3-3 mark in conference play.
Lvovsky took down Heywood at No. 5 singles, 6-4, 6-0, to improve to 7-6 in dual matches. Rock clinched the match with a straight sets win against Martinez, 7-5, 6-2, at No. 4 singles.
In the match of the day, Bao outlasted Fantova in the third set super tiebreaker, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 1-0 (12-10), at No. 1 singles. Bao was trailing 4-5 in the second set when he fought off match point to force a tiebreaker and won the breaker 7-5. With the match already decided, Bao won a 10-point super tiebreaker, 12-10, after being down 6-1 early in the breaker.
The Dolphins picked up their only point of the day when Bano Lopez won against Moore, 6-4, 0-6, 6-3, at No. 2 singles. Moore won the second set, 6-0, but fell in third set 6-3.
In the final match, Beiler won in straight sets against Hansen, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3), to give FGCU its sixth point of the contest. Beiler won the second set tiebreaker, 7-3, to improve to a team-leading 4-2 conference record.
“I felt I played a really good first set, but allowed Hansen to get back into the match in the second set,” said Beiler. “I was able to elevate my game enough to pull it out. It feels awesome getting a little revenge too, after Hansen defeated me in the fall.”
Next week, the Green and Blue host A-Sun rival Stetson on Saturday, April 7 at 12 p.m. at the FGCU Tennis Complex.
Results and recaps will be available on www.FGCUathletics.com after each match this season.
FGCU 6, Jacksonville 1
1. Tianyu Bao (FGCU) def. Jose Fantova (JU) 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 1-0 (12-10)
2. Fernando Bano Lopez (JU) def. Jackson Moore (FGCU) 6-4, 0-6, 6-3
3. Dean Tsamas (FGCU) def. Richard Casagrande (JU) 6-3, 6-1
4. Matthew Rock (FGCU) def. Eduardo Martinez (JU) 7-5, 6-2
5. Lance Lvovsky (FGCU) def. Eimon Heywood (JU) 6-4, 6-0
6. Michael Beiler (FGCU) def. Matt Hansen (JU) 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
1. Jose Fantova/Richard Casagrande (JU) def. Matthew Rock/Lance Lvovsky (FGCU) 9-8 (12-10)
2. Dean Tsamas/Jackson Moore (FGCU) def. Eduardo Martinez/Fernando Bano Lopez (JU) 8-5
3. Tianyu Bao/Michael Beiler (FGCU) def. Eimon Heywood/Matt Hansen (JU) 8-4
Jacksonville 3-14, 1-4 A-Sun
FGCU 6-7, 3-3 A-Sun
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,5,4,1,2,6)