Men’s tennis beats Troy in exciting match

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team flipped the script in a matter of moments against Troy, Saturday night, beating the Trojans, 4-3, at the FGCU Tennis Complex.

2-1 in the back of the game, red shirts sophomore Guglielmo Stefanacci (Prato, Italy/International School of Florence), Magnus Johnson (Naples, Florida/Homeschool/UCF), Randy Wilson (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic/Miami Palmetto/Louisville all won their singles in about 90 seconds to win the game for the Eagles.

“This was a world class game,” said head coach CJ Weber. “Both teams could have won this game, which started when both teams had a great chance to win doubles. We had a great strength to build on for this season. I’m also very happy for our fans, to see some great opening tennis this weekend! Let’s continue next weekend in Miami and FAU.”

Stefanacci won in straight sets 7-5, 6-4, as did Johnson 7-6(3), 6-2. Wilson took a more circuitous approach to his win, winning in three sets, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.

The Eagles earned their first point of the night in doubles when they won two of their three games, starting with Johnson and junior Max Damm (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephens Episcopal School) won their game 6-3 on lane one.

After Troy won the match on lane three in a tiebreak, lane two also went to a tiebreak. After falling behind at the start of the tiebreak, student obtained his doctorate Juan Montes (Pereira, Colombia/Colegio Lujan) and red shirt sophomore Marcelo Sepulveda (Monterrey, Mexico/Penn Foster/Alabama) came back and won 8-6.

FGCU 4, Troy 3
Singles Competition
1. JOHNSON, Magnus (FGCU) def. Antuna, Pelayo (TROY) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
2. Anton, Carles (TROY) def. MONTES, Juan (FGCU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
3. Martens, Noah (TROY) defeats. SEPULVEDA, Marcelo (FGCU) 6-1, 7-5
4. WILSON, Randy (FGCU) defeats. Simkin, Nicolas (TROY) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
5. STEFANACCI, Gugli (FGCU) defeats. Tasker, Christopher (TROY) 7-5, 6-4
6. Llinares, Vito (TROY) def. LOPEZ, Juan (FGCU) 6-1, 6-4

Double Competition
1. DAMM, Max / JOHNSON, Magnus (FGCU) def. Llinares, Vito / Martens, Noah (TROY) 6-3
2. MONTES, Juan/SEPULVEDA, Marcelo (FGCU) defeats. Simkin, Nicolas/Tasker, Christopher (TROY) 7-6 (8-6)
3. Antuna, Pelayo/Anton, Carles (TROY) def. ONCINS, Eric/WILSON, Randy (FGCU) 7-6 (7-4)

The Eagles will be back in action next weekend when they travel to the Atlantic coast. They will fight the Hurricanes on Friday at 3 p.m. before taking on FAU on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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