FORT MYERS, FL. – The FGCU men’s tennis team (2-2) was unable to capitalize on home field advantage Wednesday night, losing 5-2 to Florida Atlantic (3-2) at the FGCU Tennis Complex.
“FAU played a good match today,” said the head coach of FGCU men’s tennis CJ Weber. “It was really tough for us, especially after we lost the doubles. We tried to be tough enough in the individual game, but in the end FAU was too good for us. We’ll keep working hard so hopefully we can beat teams like this soon enough.”
The day began competitively, with the colon counting towards the final decision.
Redshirt Juniors Randy Wilson (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic/Miami Palmetto/Louisville) and Marcelo Sepulveda (Monterrey, Mexico/Penn Foster/Alabama) fell 6:2 to second place, but Junior Eric Oncins (Orlando, Fla./Montverde Academy) and Redshirt Junior Guglielmo Stefanacci (Prato, Italy/Florence International School) rallied in 3rd place to win 6-3 and tie the match.
However, the Owls responded and defeated Redshirt Junior Magnus Johnson (Naples, Fla./Homeschool/UCF) and Senior Max Damm (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephens Episcopal School) 6-3 in 1st place.
Damm would fall at No. 6 6-2, 6-3 and Oncins was defeated at No. 4 6-2, 6-2-3. but Sepulveda fell 6-2, 7-6 (7) at No. 2 to make it to win for the Owls.
The highlight for the Eagles in singles was Johnson, who went 1st in a 6-3, 7-5 win. Guglielmo dropped a 7-6 (7), 6-4 decision in 5th place.
FGCU’s next game is on February 10 when the Green-Blues host Georgia State (0-2).
1. JOHNSON, Magnus (FGCU) def. ACEVEDO, Nicolas (FAU) 6-3, 7-5
2. HUMPFNER, Kevin (112/-) [FAU] def. SEPULVEDA, Marcelo (FGCU) 6-2, 7-6 (7)
3. WILSON, Randy (FGCU) def. KROLO, Filip [FAU] 6-1, 6-2
4. GRACA, Joao [FAU] def. def. ONCINS, Eric (FGCU) 6-2, 6-2
5. FERNANDEZ, Alvaro [FAU] def. Stefanacci, Guglielmo [FGCU] 7-6(7), 6-4
6. ROBBINS, hunter [FAU] def. DAM, Max (FGCU) 6-2, 6-3
competition in doubles
1. HUMPFNER, Kevin / ROBBINS, Hunter (51/-) [FAU] def. JOHNSON, Magnus / DAMM, Max (FGCU) 6-3
2. ACEVEDO, Nicolas / STODDER, Finn [FAU] def. SEPULVEDA, Marcelo / WILSON, Randy (FGCU) 6-2
3. Oncins, Eric / Stefanacci, Guglielmo [FGCU] def. FERNANDEZ, Alvaro / KROLO, Filip [FAU] 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3, 2, 6, 1, 4)
FGCU is led by the three-time ASUN Coach of the YearCJ Weber, who has coached 32 ASUN All-Conference selections since joining Green and Blue in 2011. In his 12th year, Weber has an overall record of 125–97 (.568) and a 52–19 (.732) record in ASUN play. In 2014-15, Weber led the Eagles to their first-ever ASUN championship and ASUN regular-season title after 17 wins, which were the program’s best. In his third season, Weber led Jordi Vives ranked 35th nationally, a national-leading 14-game unbeaten streak and the Round of 32 in the 2014 NCAA Tournament—the program’s first appearance. The Eagles had perfect ASUN seasons in both 2015 and 2016, ending with conference titles and a Coach of the Year award for Weber. FGCU again won the 2017 ASUN Championship and made its second NCAA appearance. The Eagles returned to the mountaintop by winning the 2019 regular season and tournament championships. Weber received his third ASUN Coach of the Year award and led the Green-Blues on their third trip to the NCAA tournament. In 2022, Weber led the Eagles to another ASUN regular-season title and peaked at number 65 in the ITA rankings, the highest in program history.
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