STATESBORO, Ga. – After a strong start to its 2013 fall tour, the FGCU men’s tennis team looks to keep the momentum going as the Eagles head to the Georgia Southern Championships. The tournament is slated to run through Friday-Sunday with all matches played at the Hanner Tennis Complex on Georgia Southern’s campus.
As they make their inaugural appearance in the tournament, the Eagles will face players from Georgia Southern, North Florida, Kennesaw State and Armstrong Atlantic as they participate in both the singles and doubles draws.
The bracket for this weekend has yet to be announced but a complete lineup will be available tomorrow. For complete coverage of FGCU men’s tennis at the Georgia Southern Championships, follow us on Twitter @FGCU_MTEN and visit www.FGCUAthletics.com where full recaps and results will be available at the end of each day.
“We’re looking forward to continuing our fall season at this weekend’s championships,” head coach C.J. Weber said. “We saw some great matches against tough competition last weekend, which I think really prepared us. We worked hard this week so I’m excited to see our performance.”
Last weekend’s Bedford Cup Round of 16 marked a number of FGCU tournament firsts as teammates Jordi Vives (Barcelona, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada/USC) and Dean Tsamas (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay HS) squared off in the Sunshine State capital. While the Eagle vs. Eagle battle meant one of the two remaining FGCU players wouldn’t advance to the next round, it guaranteed a representation of the Green and Blue in the quarterfinals for the first time. After a tremendous display of Eagle character by both, Vives took the match 6-2, 6-2, but fell in the quarterfinals 6-3, 6-4.
The First of Many
After spending the 2012-13 season utilizing a redshirt, capital-city native Chris Perrigan (Tallahassee, Fla./Maclay HS) earned his first collegiate win on an all-too-familiar court. Powering through a three-set battle, Perrigan took down his consolation-match opponent 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-6) at FSU’s Scott Speicher Tennis Center, a place he grew up training. Also racking up his first victory in Green and Blue was Tulsa transfer Lucas Vaz (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Colegio Fleming/Tulsa) who teamed up with Vives to win a pair of doubles matches.
Two W’s for the Two V’s
Leading the Eagles with two doubles wins is the duo of Vives and Vaz. Playing together for the first time in the Bedford Cup the pair effortlessly beat UCF’s Chris Barrus and Reece Acree 8-3 in the first round, put an 8-4 win over Lobelo and Garavito from B-CU in the second round but fell 8-4 in the Quarterfinal to the No. 1 seeded pair of Nemcsek and Findel-Hawkins of UNF.
Facing some of the most competitive players from the state of Florida, the Eagles won nine singles and two doubles matches at last weekend’s Bedford Cup. While the results of the fall tour have no bearing on the team’s record, the tournaments help prepare for the spring season. Vives, Tsamas and Tianyu Bao (Tianjin, China/Bayshore HS) enter the weekend with a 2-1 fall tour record while Lance Lvovsky (Dania, Fla./Broward Virtual School/Jacksonville), Gabriel Echeverry (Popayan, Colombia/Gimnasio Calibio) and Perrigan sit at 1-2. For Adrian Reid (Lima, Peru/Altair School) and Vaz, the upcoming tournament is a chance to collect their first individual wins of the fall season.