Men’s tennis opens spring season with dominant victory over Binghamton

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team rode to victory in the opening game of the spring season on Friday night, beating Binghamton, 6-1, at the FGCU Tennis Complex.

“The boys did a great job today,” said head coach CJ Weber. “We played with a lot of energy and competed as a unit. It was a great start to the season and I’m looking forward to our game against Troy tomorrow.”

In doubles, red shirt sophomore Magnus Johnson (Naples, Florida/Homeschool/UCF) and junior Max Damm (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephens Episcopal School) dominated on lane one and won 6-0.

Red Shirt Sophomore Juan Montes (Pereira, Colombia/Lujan School) and Marcelo Sepulveda (Monterrey, Mexico/Penn Foster/Alabama) not long afterwards grabbed the double point for the Eagles and won their game on lane two 6-2.

In singles, red shirt sophomore Pedro Maciel (Belo Horizonte, Brazil/Goliath Academy) and sophomore Eric Oncins (Orlando, Fla./Montverde Academy) each took 6-0, 6-1 wins on lanes five and six, respectively to give FGCU a 3-0 lead.

Damm took the game for the Eagles at number 4 with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Anshumat Srivastava.

Johnson gave the Eagles their fifth run of the night with a 6-1, 6-3 win over No. 1 for redshirt sophomores John Lopez (Gachancipa, Colombia/Colegio Virtual Siglo XXI) closed the score for the Eagles with a 6-3, 6-3 win over number 3.

FGCU will be back in action tomorrow night when they receive Troy. The first service is set at 5 p.m.

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