FORT MYERS, Fla. – With shining lights and a crowd of over 200, the FGCU men’s tennis team topped Wright State, 5-2, Wednesday night at the FGCU Tennis Complex.
The Eagles improve to 4-6 on the season, while the Raiders drop to 5-7.
“Tonight was a great nonconference match for us,” head coach CJ Weber said. “We pulled ahead early but Wright State did a great job of fighting from behind, making it challenging for us to close out.
The Eagles set a quick pace early on as they won two doubles matches for a 1-0 advantage. Earning the first victory for FGCU were Lucas Vaz (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Colegio Fleming/Tulsa) and Chris Perrigan (Tallahassee, Fla./Maclay HS) in the No. 3 slot topping Wright State’s Mason Bourbon and Kirill Kultinov in a dominant fashion at 8-2. Posting the next win were partners Jordi Vives (Barcelona, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada/USC) and Dean Tsamas (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay HS) with an 8-4 defeat of Michal Lyzwa and Lauri Makikalli.
“I’m really proud of how we started the match giving off great energy,” said Weber of doubles play. “We did a nice job of getting on top of our opponent right from the begining.”
To begin singles play, the number-one dual was the first to finish for the second-straight match as No. 54 Vives proved to be too much for Gilbert to handle, winning the contest a perfect 6-0, 6-0. The junior’s victory on Wednesday brings him to 9-1 at the leading singles position this year, and increases his career wins at FGCU to 45, a tremendous amount for this being only his second season.
Bringing in the next win, to give the Eagles an 3-0 advantage, was senior Lance Lvovsky (Dania, Fla./Broward Virtual School/Jacksonville). Needing only two sets to reach victory, Lvovsky started slow, taking the first 6-4, but brought intensity into the second set, winning it 6-1.
Clinching the match for FGCU was Gabriel Echeverry (Popayan, Colombia/Gimnasio Calibio) with the Eagles’ third straight-set victory, playing the No. 6 position. Breaking his opponent, Marc Sodini, multiple times, Echeverry won both sets with a score of 6-2.
Earning FGCU’s fifth point was Vaz, coming out on top of a three-set thriller in the four-singles match. Facing Lyzwa, Vaz escaped the first set 6-4, but fell 3-6 in the second. Being the last match on the courts, Vaz fought back to turn things around in the third set coming away with a 7-5 win.
The Eagles continue their home stint playing host to 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 played 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 this season, follow us on Twitter @FGCU_MTEN and visit www.FGCUAthletics.com where full recaps and results will be available.
FGCU: 5 WSU: 2
1. #54 Jordi Vives (FGCU) def. Dan Gilbert (WSU) 6-0, 6-0
2. Lauri Makikalli (WSU) def. Tianyu Bao (FGCU) 6-3, 7-6 (4)
3. Ricardo Pineda (WSU) def. Dean Tsamas (FGCU) 7-5, 7-5
4. Lucas Vaz (FGCU) def. Michal Lyzwa (WSU) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
5. Lance Lvovsky (FGCU) def. Myles Harris (WSU) 6-4, 6-1
6. Gabriel Echeverry (FGCU) def. Marc Sodini (WSU) 6-2, 6-2
Order of finish: (1,5,2,6,3,4)
1. Tsamas/Vives (FGCU) def. Lyzwa/Makikalli (WSU) 8-4
2. Bao/Lvovsky (FGCU) def. Gilbert/ James Trevino (WSU) DNF
3. Perrigan/Vaz (FGCU) def. Bourbon/Kultinov (WSU) 8-2
Order of finish: (3,1)