FORT MYERS, Fla. – Aiming to bounce back from Sunday’s 5-2 loss against North Florida, the FGCU men’s tennis team will illuminate the courts of the FGCU Tennis Complex for the fourth time this season as it welcomes Wright State to The Nest for a dual match on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
“Playing against schools from outside our region is always exciting,” said head coach C.J. Weber of Wednesday’s matchup. “Without very many like-minded opponents it’s difficult to know a lot about each other heading into the match. This is the first time we’ve ever played Wright State, so we’re looking forward to playing tomorrow night, and hopefully starting an undefeated series.”
FGCU enters Wednesday’s contest at 3-6, while Wright State sits at 5-5.
THE LAST TIME OUT
FGCU began play in the Atlantic Sun Conference falling 5-2 to UNF on Sunday. Taking two points from the Ospreys, the Eagles won more singles matches out-right over UNF than they have in their past seven meetings. Posting the Green and Blue’s first victory was No. 54 Jordi Vives (Barcelona, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada/USC) with a no-nonsense 6-3, 6-2, over Jack Findel-Hawkins. Joining Vives to post points was Lance Lvovsky (Dania, Fla./Broward Virtual School/Jacksonville), topping Zach Goldberg 6-2, 7-5, in the No. 5 slot.
While the teams listed on FGCU’s schedule differ from those named to Wright State’s, the two have a similarity in they have each played two opponents ranked in the ITA top 40. With the Eagles challenging No. 36 Florida State and No. 24 Auburn, and the Raiders facing No. 5 Ohio State and No. 17 Kentucky, neither was able to pull an upset win, but FGCU managed to take five matches and three points from their opponents, while WSU was left shutout by both of theirs.
54 AND RISING
Climbing 39 spots in the national ranks, Vives was listed 54th in the third edition of ITA rankings, released last Tuesday. Previously ranked 66th (Jan. 2-Feb. 11) and 93rd (Feb. 11-25), Vives’ jump to 54 is a result of his 8-1 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.
Following Wednesday’s match the Eagles continue their home stint as they host Troy on Mar. 9 at 2 p.m. If the FGCU men’s basketball team advances to the A-Sun Tournament finals the match will be play at Three Oaks, but if men’s basketball does not advance the match will be played at the FGCU Tennis Complex. For complete coverage of FGCU men’s tennis against Wright State, 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.