FORT MYERS, Fla. – After a month on the road, the FGCU men’s tennis team is set to play in The Nest for the first time this fall season as they welcome six other programs to the fifth annual FGCU Fall Invitational, beginning on Friday and running through Sunday at the FGCU Tennis Complex.
“This weekend is going to be awesome,” head coach C.J. Weber said. “The tournament is expanding from previous years and the field is going to be very competitive. We are very excited to be hosting some of the top competition from around the state in addition to Arkansas and Boston College. We will be looking to build on what we’ve been working on so far this fall season as we get compete on our court.”
FGCU, Arkansas, Barry University, Boston College, Central Florida, Florida Atlantic and Miami make up the field that will fill three singles draws and two doubles draws. Play will begin on Friday at 9 a.m. with first round of singles action.
“We are all thrilled about the opportunity we have this weekend to represent ourselves and our university at our only home event of the fall semester,” senior co-captain Lance Lvovsky (Dania, Fla./Broward Virtual School/Jacksonville) said. “The team has been working very hard and I know everyone is excited about the challenges that are ahead of us.”
2012 FGCU Fall Invite
In last year’s invite the Eagles successfully protected The Nest as they declared themselves champions of both the singles and doubles draws. Jordi Vives (Barcelona, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada/USC) reigned supreme in the singles draw after a straight-set 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Victor Mauz of Miami in the finals. Winning the doubles draw were Tianyu Bao (Tianjin, China/Bayshore HS) and Lvovsky who posted an 8-5 win in the championship match against Barry’s combo of Leo Vivas and Eduardo Alfonzo.
2013 ITA Southeast Regional Championships
After first-round losses by his teammates, Vives made it his goal to keep the Green and Blue alive in the highly-competitive main singles draw of its most recent tournament. Showing an undying determination, Vives topped Jose Garcia from Florida State 6-4, 7-5 in the round of 32 and Miami’s Wilfredo Gonzalez 2-6, 6-0, 6-4 in the round of 16 to secure a spot in the tournament quarterfinals. Becoming the first FGCU player to ever advance that far, Vives fell to No. 33 ITA ranked Nathan Pasha from the University of Georgia 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.
Looking to extend his success into the doubles draw, Vives partnered up with Lucas Vaz (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Colegio Fleming/Tulsa) to take on Eric Diaz and Nick Wood of UGA in the main doubles round of 32. The pair of Bulldogs entered the match confident of their chance to win, but were stunned when the Eagles took control of the game, jumping to a 6-3 lead. The two V’s continued to outplay their opponents as they claimed an 8-5 victory in the second set to triumph over the Southeastern Conference athletes.
TWO IN BLUE:
After advancing to the quarterfinals in every tournament he has played in this fall season, Vives looks to defend his titles as FGCU Invitational Singles Champion this weekend. Currently holding a 5-2 fall record, Vives will take the first step toward reclaiming the trophy on Friday as he faces Aidan McNulty of Boston College at 10 a.m. in the first round of the singles blue draw.
After a challenging schedule at ITA Regionals, Bao looks to pick up his third singles win of the fall season as he takes on Boston College’s Jonathan Raude in the first round of the blue singles draw on Friday at 10 a.m.
THREE GREEN WINNING MACHINES:
Team Co-Captain Dean Tsamas (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay HS) enters his last Fall Invite fixated on earning a spot in the green singles finals. The senior will open his weekend with a match against Reece Acree of UCF, who defeated Vaz 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 in the first round of the Bedford Cup, on Friday at 9:30 a.m.
Vaz After Victory
While raking in wins on the doubles court, Vaz looks to do the same in singles play with this weekend serving as an opportunity to collect his first singles win of the fall season. He begins his quest Friday at 9:00 a.m. with a match in the first round of the green draw against Robbie Dubuque of FAU.
El Campeon Comes Back
Coming off his win at Georgia Southern, Gabriel Echeverry (Popayan, Colombia/Gimnasio Calibio) enters the weekend hungry for another title. He begins play in his last Fall Invite on Friday with a first-round match in the green singles draw against Alexandre Thirouin of BC at 10:30 a.m.
Lvovsky looks to pick up his fourth win of the fall season as he takes on FAU’s Sefan Burnett in the first round of the gold singles draw on Friday at 9 a.m.
A Pair for Perrigan
After picking up two wins this fall season, Chris Perrigan (Tallahassee, Fla./Maclay HS) is ready to claim number three in his opening match of the gold draw as he faces Bernard Tefel of Miami on Friday at 1 p.m.
DOUBLES DONE DIFFERENT:
Eagles fans will be in for a surprise watching doubles play as two of the three doubles pairs FGCU has slated this weekend have yet to a match together this fall season. Playing in the blue draw is the a first-time combination of Tsamas and Vaz, who begin play on Saturday against Ahmed Triki and Fabian Groetsch of BU. Playing together for the second time in their careers are Bao and Vives as they face Klye Childree and Matt Wagner of BC on Saturday. Representing the Eagles in the green draw is the duo of Lvovsky and Perrigan ready to take on William Albanese and Jack Murphy of Miami on Saturday.
For complete coverage of FGCU men’s tennis at the FGCU Fall Invitational, 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.
Friday, October 25:
Play begins at 9 a.m.
Singles first round
Singles consolation first round
Doubles feed in
Saturday, October 26:
Play begins at 9 a.m.
Doubles first round
Sunday, October 27:
Play begins at 9 a.m.