Men’s tennis clinches ASUN regular-season titles
FLORENCE, Ala. – The FGCU’s No. 73 men’s tennis team won a share of the ASUN Regular Season Championship with a 6-1 win over North Alabama on Friday night. It is the fourth championship in program history (2015, 2016, 2019) that came alongside the South Division crown a year ago.
The Eagles finish with a 7-1 record in ASUN, leading the division with Kennesaw State, but since FGCU defeated the Owls earlier this season, the Green-Blues become the top seeds in the ASUN championship to be at the FGCU tennis complex next week. Overall, the Eagles are 14-6 on the season.
“I’m so proud of this team for overcoming so many challenges this season and winning this regular-season championship,” said the head coach CJ Weber. “They have worked so hard and put so much into this program to get us in this position and that has been one of our goals this season. We have to stay humble and hungry and open-minded because the real prize is still ahead of us next weekend in the conference tournament.”
The Eagles lost the double to the Lions tonight but came back and won all six singles games. In the last three games, the Eagles are 18-0 in singles and 23-1 in the last four.
Red shirt sophomore Marcelo Sepulveda (Monterrey, Mexico/Penn Foster/Alabama) scored the first point for the Eagles of the day when he won 6-2, 6-0 in third place.
Red shirt sophomore Randy Wilson (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic/Miami Palmetto/Louisville) put the Eagles ahead as he ended a perfect 8-0 ASUN season with a 6-2, 6-2 win in second place and his first berth 2 played season.
Red shirt sophomore Guglielmo Stefanacci (Prato, Italy/International School of Florence) extended the FGCU lead to 3-1 with a 6-4, 6-2 win in fourth place ahead of redshirt sophomores Juan Lopez (Gachancipa, Colombia/Colegio Virtual Siglio XXI) won the game 7-5, 6-2 in fifth place.
Red shirt sophomore Magnus Johnson (Naples, Fla./Homeschool/UCF) and sophomore Eric Oncins (Orlando, Fla./Montverde Academy) finished the singles sweep when they each won the tiebreak final sets.
The Eagles will now turn their attention to next week’s ASUN Championship, hosted by Green and Blue on April 22-24.
“I hope all of Southwest Florida comes to the tournament next weekend!” said Weber. “This is an absolutely fantastic event and whether you’re a tennis fan or not I promise you’ll be entertained at the FGCU Tennis Complex next weekend. You must be there!”
#73 FGCU 6, North Alabama 1
#1 JOHNSON, Magnus [FGCU] def. Carlos Matarredona [UNA] 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (7-3)
#2 WILSON, Randy [FGCU] def. Chris Zhang [UNA] 6-2, 6-2
#3 SEPULVEDA, Marcelo [FGCU] def. Guilherme Diniz [UNA] 6-2, 6-0
#4 STEFANACCI, Gugli [FGCU] def. Nazar Fedoryshyn [UNA] 6-4, 6-2
#5 LOPEZ, Juan [FGCU] def. Jamie Bixby [UNA] 7-5, 6-2
#6 ONCINS, Eric [FGCU] def. Sam Tolbert [UNA] 6-1, 6-7, 1-0 (7-2)
#1 Carlos Matarredona / Fernando Herrera [UNA] def. JOHNSON, Magnus/DAMM, Max [FGCU]6-4
#2 SEPULVEDA, Marcelo / MONTES, Juan [FGCU] def. Guilherme Diniz and Jamie Bixby [UNA]6-4
#3 Chris Zhang / Sam Tolbert [UNA] def. ONCINS, Eric / WILSON, Randy [FGCU]6-4
Order of finish: double room (1,2,3); Singles (3, 2, 4, 5, 1, 6)
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FGCU is led by the three-time ASUN Coach of the Year CJ Weber, who has coached 32 ASUN All-Conference selections since joining Green and Blue in 2011. In his seventh year, Weber has an overall record of 116–83 (.583) and a 49–19 (.721) record in ASUN play. In 2014-15, Weber led the Eagles to their first-ever ASUN championship and ASUN regular-season title after 17 wins, which were the program’s best. In his third season, Weber led Jordi Vives ranked 35th nationally, a national-leading 14-game unbeaten streak and the Round of 32 in the 2014 NCAA Tournament—the program’s first appearance. The Eagles had perfect ASUN seasons in both 2015 and 2016, ending with conference titles and a Coach of the Year award for Weber. FGCU again won the 2017 ASUN Championship and made its second NCAA appearance. The Eagles returned to the mountaintop by winning the 2019 regular season and tournament championships. Weber received his third ASUN Coach of the Year award and led the Green-Blues on their third trip to the NCAA Tournament.
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