Men’s tennis drop out of close game against FAU
BOCA RATON, Florida – Seeking to bounce back from a tough loss yesterday, the FGCU men’s tennis team narrowly missed FAU on Saturday, losing to the Owls, 4-3. The Eagles fall to 2-2 this season while FAU remain unbeaten at 4-0.
“Today was tough,” said the head coach J.C. Weber. “We won a really exciting doubles point, but in all honesty, I just don’t think we could handle those two tough matches back to back. FAU played a very disciplined physical match, and I just don’t think that we had the juice so 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 get us down. We’re just at the start.
The match started at 10 a.m., but after one match was completed on each doubles court, play was suspended for almost two hours because it was raining. When the competition resumed, redshirt-sophomore Randy Wilson (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic/Miami Palmetto/Louisville) and sophomore Eric Oncins (Orlando, Fla./Montverde Academy) picked up a 6-2 victory on the third court.
After FAU won the match on court two, redshirt-sophomore Magnus Johnson (Naples, Fla./Homeschool/UCF) and Junior Max Dam (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School) forced a tiebreaker on court one, which the duo in green and blue took 7-3.
In singles play, the Owls took a 2-1 lead in the game with wins on courts five and six, but Wilson tied with a 7-6(4), 6-4 win over Nicholas Jadoun on court four.
After FAU regained a 3-2 lead with a win on court three, Johnson followed up his perfect start to the spring by leveling the game again with a 6-1, 7-5 win on court one over the #103 Carles Sarrio.
On court two, graduate student John Montes (Pereiro, Colombia/Colegio Lujan) lost the first set to #114 Kevin Huempfner, but had the second set tied at five. However, Montes couldn’t force a third set as Huempfner took the next two games to win the match 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) def. MONTES, Juan (FGCU) 6-4, 7-5
3. Fernandez Horta, A (FAU-M) defeated. 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) def. 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, Finland (FAU-M) 6-2
The Eagles will return to the courts on February 4 when they host Keizer. The first service at the FGCU Tennis Complex is scheduled for 5 p.m.
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