ORLANDO, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team bounced back from a hard-fought 4-3 loss to UCF less than 24 hours ago with its most complete performance of the young season in a 7-0 sweep of BIG EAST member UConn on Saturday afternoon at the UCF Tennis Complex.
FGCU swept all six singles matches and all three doubles showdowns to improve to 3-4 on the year, while UConn dropped to 1-1 as it is seeing its first action of the spring this weekend.
“It was good for us to be able to respond to yesterday’s tough loss against UCF with our first 7-0 win of the year,” said head coach C.J. Weber. “We’re learning about ourselves every time we play. Now hopefully we can make the necessary adjustments to continue to improve.”
Out of the six singles wins, five came in straight sets while the Eagles surrendered just five games over the three doubles matches. Over two matches this weekend, FGCU went an impressive 8-4 in singles action and 5-1 in doubles.
For the second straight match, junior Dean Tsamas (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay HS) provided FGCU a 2-0 lead thanks to another straight set win – his team-leading fifth victory of the spring. Tsamas took care of Mark HoSang, 6-3 and 6-2, marking the second straight match he hasn’t given up more than three games in a set.
“Overall the weekend was pretty good. It felts great to bounce back today with a 7-0 win,” said Tsamas, who was named the first A-Sun Player of the Week of the spring season on Jan. 23. “We learned a lot from Friday’s UCF match and I know that experience will make us a better team in the long run. We’ve now got to turn our focus to the next match against Oklahoma State and defend our home court.”
Sophomore Jordi Vives (Barcelona, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada/USC) joined Tsamas with a perfect weekend in singles action with a convincing 6-2, 6-1 win in the top spot against Wayne Harrell. Sophomore Tianyu Bao (Tianjin, China/Bayshore HS-FL) and junior Lance Lvovsky (Dania, Fla./Broward Virtual School/Jacksonville) polished off four straight-set wins in the top four spots in the lineup. Bao put together back-to-back 6-3 wins at No. 2 while Lvovsky lost just three games in his 6-1, 6-2 victory at the No. 4 spot.
Seeing his first action of the weekend, junior Gabe Echeverry (Popayan, Colombia/Gimnasio Calibio) provided the last straight-set win at the No. 6 spot, while senior Jackson Moore (Bradenton, Fla./Lakewood Ranch HS/Georgia State) battled back from a first set loss to grind out a win at No. 5 singles against James Cohen that ended with an 11-9 win in the third set tie-breaker.
FGCU will look to build off its win when it hosts BIG XII member Oklahoma State on Saturday, Feb.23 at 5 p.m.
FGCU 7, UConn 0
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2, 4, 6, 5
1. Jordi Vives (FGCU) def. Wayne Harrell (UConn) – 6-2, 6-1
2. Tianyu Bao (FGCU) def. Ryan Carr (UConn) – 6-3, 6-3
3. Dean Tsamas (FGCU) def. Mark HoSang (UConn) – 6-3, 6-2
4. Lance Lvovsky (FGCU) def. Andrew Ginzberg (UConn) – 6-1, 6-2
5. Jackson Moore (FGCU) def. James Cohen (UConn) – 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 (11)
6. Gabe Echeverry (FGCU) def. Zac McEntee (UConn) – 6-1, 6-3
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
1. Vives/Moore (FGCU) def. Harrell/Carr (UConn) – 8-4
2. Bao/Beiler (FGCU) def. HoSang/Cohen (UConn) – 8-1
3. Lvovsky/Tsamas (FGCU) def. Ginzberg/McEntee (UConn) – 8-0