FORT MYERS, Fla. – With just one match remaining in the regular season, FGCU men’s tennis junior Jordi Vives continues to represent the Eagles in a national spotlight through his placement at No. 65 in the sixth installment of Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, announced by ITA officials on Tuesday afternoon.
Released every 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 (Jan. 2-Feb. 10), No. 93 (Feb. 11-25), No. 54 (Feb. 26-Mar.10), No. 70 (Mar. 11-Mar.25) and No. 62 (Mar. 26-April 7) Vives’ (Barcelona, Spain/IES Ferran Tallada/USC) placement at 65 is a result of his 17-2 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 then-No. 36 Florida State and then-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 Auburn’s Daniel Cochrane, then-ranked 112th, on Feb. 7.
Holding an overall record of 31-4, four of his wins and three of his losses came from opponents also named to the current list. During his fall tour Vives beat No. 42 Jason Tahir (No. 13 Duke) and No. 41 Leandro Toledo (No. 55 Minnesota), all leading to his win of November’s Dick Vitale Invite, after losing to No. 32 Nathan Pasha (No. 9 UGA) in the quarterfinals of ITA Regionals.
To start the spring, Vives pulled a win over No. 84 Dominic Cotrone (No. 28 FSU), before falling in three sets to No. 61 Cochrane (No. 29 Auburn). In his most recent loss, Vives fell in a rematch to Toledo. After suffering only his second defeat of the year, the Green and Blue’s leading player rebounded with a win over No. 80 Chris Helliar of UAB, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4.
Vives’ early success on the season has garnered him two A-Sun weekly awards as he was named Player of the Week on Jan. 22 and Feb. 5.
So far this season three 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 six editions. Previously ranked were David Biosca, listed 116 from Mar. 26-April 7, and Diego Nunez, listed 124th from Mar.11-25, from ETSU.
The next round of ITA rankings will be released on April 15 and the current rankings can be viewed in their completion here.
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