|Record-setting spectators at FGCU|
all Photos by JR
|USPTA Pros in attendance: |
Jeff Timmer, Alex Hermeto,
T. A. Niles
The team’s evened its overall 2012 record at 3-3, but the match on Thursday was its inaugural ASC match, so the Eagles are tied for the conference lead at 1-0. I’m not sure if FGCU’s Men’s Tennis has held a conference lead before.
In any event, the FGCU Eagles got off to a very nice start in doubles with all three teams taking at least 6-3 leads in the eight-game pro-set matches. The No.3 team of Junior Collin Brown and sophomore Dean Tsamas closed out their match without much ado (8-4), but things tightened up considerably on Courts 1 & 2.
|Jackson Moore & Tianju Bao|
|Lance Lvovsky & Matt Rock|
The doubles sweep, the second of the season, and only the second in FGCU Men’s Tennis history, gave the Eagles a confidence that they carried into the singles. Tsamas picked up his fifth consecutive singles victory against one loss, posting a straight-set win at No.3, to push the FGCU point-lead to 2-0. Lvovsky then dropped a straight-setter at No.5 to make it 2-1 Eagles.
One of FGCU’s two fabulous freshmen, Michael Beiler at No. 6, made the tally 3-1 Eagles, by taking the first set 6-2, then fighting back from a 5-6 deficit in the second to reach, and then take the tiebreak 7-5. The other freshmen on the roster, Tianyu Bao, playing at No.1, won two hard-fought sets (7-6, 7-5) to clinch the match for the Eagles.
|Coach Weber leading the way|
If you would like to know more about the Men's Tennis program, there's a wealth of info, including schedule, roster, and results on the team’s website. I'm looking forward to seeing you at some home matches this season. Game, set, match...T A