FORT MYERS, Fla. – After one month of play in the 2014 season, FGCU men’s tennis junior Jordi Vives (Barcelona, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada/USC) continues to represent the Eagles in a national spotlight through his placement at No. 93 in the second installment of Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, announced by ITA officials on Tuesday night.
Released every other week during the spring, the rankings list the nation’s top 125 singles players determined by a computerized system, using the ITA's average points-per-match formula.
Previously ranked No. 66, Vives’ position at 93 is a result of his 6-1 record playing the No. 1 singles slot in each of this season’s dual matches. After ending his fall campaign with nine-straight wins, Vives opened the spring season with victories over No. 36 Florida State and No. 60 Nebraska, increasing his streak to 11, which at the time was the longest in the nation. After establishing his reign on Jan. 23, the Barcelona native extended his streak to 14, before falling to No. 24 Auburn’s Daniel Cochrane, then-ranked 112th, on Feb. 7.
Holding an overall record of 20-3, four of his wins and two of his losses came from opponents also named in the current list. During his fall tour Vives beat No. 35 Jason Tahir (No. 13 Duke), No. 80 Leandro Toledo (No. 39 Minnesota) and No. 92 Luca Cortinteli (No. 1 Virginia), all leading to his win of November’s Dick Vitale Invite, after losing to No. 20 Nathan Pasha (No. 4 UGA) in the quarterfinals of ITA Regionals. To open play in this season’s dual matches, Vives beat FSU’s Dominic Cotrone, who is tied for No. 112 with Cochrane, Vives’ most recent loss.
Vives’ early success on the season has already garnered him two Atlantic Sun Conference weekly awards as he was named Player of the Week on Jan. 22 and Feb. 5. Also representing the A-Sun in the rankings is No. 122 Diego Nunez of ETSU.
The next round of ITA rankings will be released on Feb. 25 and the current rankings can be viewed in their completion here.
The Green and Blue will return to action as they welcome Florida A&M to The Nest on Friday, Feb. 22 at 5 p.m.