FORT MYERS, Fla. – After seven weeks 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 career-high placement at No. 54 in the third 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.
“I’m so happy Jordi is getting recognized on a national scale for his efforts this season,” head coach CJ Weber said. “He has been very disciplined in all of his matches, but I believe his best tennis still lies ahead. We are still working of several things to improve his game and I’m confident he will continue to be strong throughout the rest of the season.”
Previously ranked No. 66 (Jan. 2-Feb. 11) and No. 93 (Feb. 11-25), Vives’ jump to 54 is a result of his 7-1 record playing one singles 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 21-3, three of his wins and two of his losses came from opponents also named to the current list. During his fall tour Vives beat No. 40 Jason Tahir (No. 17 Duke), No. 84 Leandro Toledo (No. 39 Minnesota) and No. 108 Zack McCourt of Princeton, all leading to his win of November’s Dick Vitale Invite, after losing to No. 30 Nathan Pasha (No. 35 UGA) in the quarterfinals of ITA Regionals. Vives only loss of the spring season came in three sets, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, to Current No. 119 Cochrane of Auburn.
After suffering his only defeat of the year, the Green and Blue’s leading player posted two dominate wins topping FAU’s Andrei Morin-Kougoucheff, 6-4, 6-3, and Florida A&M’s Rodney Carey Jr., 6-1, 6-4.
Vives’ early success on the season has garnered him two Atlantic Sun Conference weekly awards as he was named Player of the Week on Jan. 22 and Feb. 5.
So far this season four players from the A-Sun have been listed in the rankings, but Vives is the only player from the conference named in each of the three editions. Joining Vives in the current rankings is No. 102 David Biosca of ETSU. Previous members were ETSU’s Diego Nunez, ranked 122 from Feb. 11-25, and Kennesaw State’s Tobi Menhofer, ranked 121 from Jan. 2-Feb. 11.
The next round of ITA rankings will be released on Mar. 4 and the current rankings can be viewed in their completion here.
The Eagles get back to the baseline and open up A-Sun play as they welcome UNF to The Nest on Mar. 2 at Noon. For complete coverage of FGCU men’s tennis this season, follow us on Twitter @FGCU_MTEN and visit www.FGCUAthletics.com.