BOCA RATON, Florida – Looking to bounce back from a heavy loss yesterday, the FGCU men’s tennis team fell just short of FAU on Saturday, falling 4-3 to the Owls. The Eagles drop to 2-2 on the season, while FAU remains undefeated at 4-0.
“Today was a tough day,” said head coach CJ Weber. “We won a very exciting double point, but honestly I don’t think we can handle these two difficult games back to back. FAU played a great disciplined physical game and I just don’t think we can get the juice that early in the season. We will focus on getting in better shape. I love this group, and we just need to make sure it doesn’t let us down. We’re still at the beginning.”
The game started at 10:00 AM, but after one game had been played on each double field, the game was interrupted for almost two hours because it rained. When the competition resumed, red shirt sophomore Randy Wilson (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic/Miami Palmetto/Louisville) and sophomore Eric Oncins (Orlando, Fla./Montverde Academy) drove to a 6-2 victory on lane three.
After FAU won the race on lane two, red shirt sophomore Magnus Johnson (Naples, Florida/Homeschool/UCF) and junior Max Damm (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School) forced a tiebreak on field one, which the Green and Blue duo won 7-3.
In singles, the Owls took a 2-1 lead in the game with victories on field five and six, but Wilson tied it again with a 7-6(4), 6-4 win over Nicholas Jadoun on field four.
After FAU recaptured a 3-2 lead with a win on lane three, Johnson continued his perfect start to the spring as he tied the game again with a 6-1, 7-5 win on lane one over #103 Carles Sarrio .
On track two, graduate student Juan Montes (Pereiro, Colombia/Colegio Lujan) dropped the first set to #114 Kevin Huempfner, but tied the second set at five. Montes was unable to force a third set, however, as Huempfner needed the next two games to win the game for the Owls.
FAU 4, FGCU 3
1. JOHNSON, Magnus (FGCU) def. Sarrio, Carles (FAU-M) 6-1, 7-5
2. Huempfner, Kevin (FAU-M) defeats. MONTES, Juan (FGCU) 6-4, 7-5
3. Defeats Fernandez Horta, A (FAU-M). SEPULVEDA, Marcelo (FGCU) 6-4, 7-5
4. WILSON, Randy (FGCU) def. Jadoun, Nicolas (FAU-M) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
5. Escandell, Gerard (FAU-M) defeats. STEFANACCI, Gugli (FGCU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Stodder, Finn (FAU-M) def. LOPEZ, Juan (FGCU) 6-1, 6-2
1. JOHNSON, Magnus/DAMM, Max (FGCU) def. Huempfner, Kevin / Krolo, Filip (FAU-M) 7-6 (7-3)
2. Sarrio, Carles/Robbins, Hunter (FAU-M) def. MONTES, Juan/SEPULVEDA, Marcelo (FGCU) 6-4
3. ONCINS, Eric / WILSON, Randy (FGCU) def. Fernandez Horta, A / Stodder, Fin (FAU-M) 6-2
The Eagles return to the courts on February 4 when they receive Emperor. The first service of the FGCU Tennis Complex is at 5:00 PM
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