|Coach Weber and boys watch Jackson battle|
In one of their grittiest performance of the young season, the Eagles bounced back after losing the doubles point, to edge Mercer 4-3, posting their second consecutive Atlantic Sun Conference (ASC) win. The boys in blue and green shook off the troubling trend of failing to close out matches when holding a lead, to post their third win in four consecutive home matches.
In the doubles, Court 1 fell, 3-8, to a solid team, but Court 3 failed to hold the lead for the second straight match. Colin Brown and Dean Tsamas were up a break with Dean serving at 5-4, but didn’t win another game, losing 5-8.
|Lance Lvovksy & Matt Rock|
|Lance Lvovsky & Matt Rock|
In singles, at No.1, Tianyu Bao had a fierce struggle on his hands, losing the first set 3-6, and battling to take the second set in a 7-5 tiebreak. By the time he had finished his second set, the match had already been decided in FGCU’s favor, so he played a super-tiebreak. He suffered a heartbreaker, losing 12-10 after holding two match points.
|Gabe Echeverry, Coach Weber, Asst Coach Napoli|
|Tony Yates (background), Jim "Duke" Dilling|
& Jerry "Duke" Babson
The Eagles next home match will be on Thursday, March 29, at 7pm against North Florida, which has already beaten the No.s 42 and 43-ranked teams in the country. The Eagles will need as much support as they can muster for that one. I plan to be there. How about you? Game, set, match...T A