Tennis Falls Shorts for Men in Miami

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – In a game that was tighter than the final score, the FGCU men’s tennis team fell 6-1 short against the Miami Hurricanes on Friday afternoon at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.

Red Shirt Sophomore Magnus Johnson (Naples, Fla./Homeschool/UCF) took the lone win for the Greens and Blues when he sent his opponent into lane one 7-5, 6-4.

“Miami played a great game today,” said head coach CJ Weber. They played really well in the doubles and got us close. I was proud of the way the boys fought. It was a very entertaining race and I felt like it was a win for us, but we needed more to find our way. This team is doing a lot of things the right way, so I’m happy to know that we can build and grow this season. We have another tough battle against FAU tomorrow.”

After Miami took the double point, the Hurricanes extended their lead to 3-0 with wins on lanes three and five. The Eagles’ attempted comeback started there when Johnson made it 3-1 with his win.

However, the comeback ended there as a red shirt sophomore Randy Wilson (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic/Miami Palmetto/Louisville) came up just short, 6-7, 5-7.

The two teams continued to play the game as sophomore red shirts John Lopez (Gachancipa, Colombia/Virtual School Siglio XXI) and Marcelo Sepulveda (Monterrey, Mexico/Penn Foster/Alabama) forced third sets.

Lopez and Juan Martin Jalif went back and forth in the third set super tiebreak, but Jalif came out on top, 10-8.

Sepulveda and Benjamin Hannestad played a full third set and after 12 games it was still undecided as it went to a tiebreak. In another back-and-forth battle, Hannestad walked away with an 8-6 win.

Miami 6, FGCU 1
Singles Competition

1. JOHNSON, Magnus (FGCU) def. Bojan Jankulovski (UM) 7-5, 6-4
2. Benjamin Hannestad (UM) def. SEPULVEDA, Marcelo (FGCU) 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (8-6)
3. #121 beats Dan Martin (UM). MONTES, Juan (FGCU) 6-2, 7-5
4. Oren Vasser (UM) def. WILSON, Randy (FGCU) 7-6 (7-4), 7-5
5. Martin Katz (UM) beats. STEFANACCI, Gugli (FGCU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Juan Martin beats Jalif (UM). LOPEZ, Juan (FGCU) 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 10-8

Double Competition
1. #7 Benjamin Hannestad / Franco Aubone (UM) def. DAMM, Max/JOHNSON, Magnus (FGCU) 6-2
2. Beats Juan Martin Jalif/Martin Katz (UM). MONTES, Juan/SEPULVEDA, Marcelo (FGCU) 6-3
3. Dan Martin/Oren Vasser (UM) vs. ONCINS, Eric/WILSON, Randy (FGCU) 5-5, unfinished

It will be a quick turnaround for the Eagles as they travel to FAU tomorrow afternoon. The first service is scheduled at 1 p.m

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