Fast Start propels men’s tennis to victory over Keizer

FORT MYERS, Florida. – The FGCU men’s tennis team enjoyed a fast start to claim their third win of the season on Friday night, a 4-3 victory over Keiser.

The Eagles improve to 3-2 this season while the Seahawks, the NAIA’s No. 2 ranked team, drop their spring opener after starting the year with three straight wins.

“Today was a great game,” said the head coach J.C. Weber. “Keiser has a great team with a lot of experienced players and we took care of the games in positions that we really needed. This game could have been a lot closer than it was if the guys at the top didn’t have smothered their opponents quickly like they did It would have been great to get at least one of those last three games but the guys fought hard and we improved today that’s all a coach may ask.”

In doubles, Keizer won on court three, but as a redshirt sophomore Magnus Johnson (Naples, Fla./Homeschool/UCF) and Junior Max Dam (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephens Episcopal School) tied the game with a 6-2 win on the first court.

Redshirt-Sophomore Randy Wilson (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic/Miami Palmetto/Louisville) and sophomore Eric Oncins (Orlando, Fla./Montverde Academy) clinched the doubles point with a 6-3 win on court three.

Wilson and Oncins quickly gave the Eagles a 3-0 lead as they each won their singles match by the same score of 6-0, 6-4.

Redshirt-Sophomore Marcelo Sepulveda (Monterrey, Mexico/Penn Foster/Alabama) won the match with a win on court two, leading to a 6-1, 6-2 victory.

With the game already in hand, Keizer closed the game winning the final three games of the night on courts one, four and five.

FGCU 4, Keizer 3
Singles competition

1. Luke Simkiss (KUMT) def. JOHNSON, Magnus (FGCUM) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (11-9)
2. SEPULVEDA, Marcelo (FGCUM) def. Geronimo Barrios (KUMT) 6-1, 6-2
3. WILSON, Randy (FGCUM) def. Yassir Kilani (KUMT) 6-0, 6-4
4. Soufiane El Mesbahi (KUMT) defeated. STEFANACCI, Gugli (FGCUM) 6-4, 6-2
5. Charly Zick (KUMT) defeated. DAMM, Max (FGCUM) 7-6 (7-4), 6-1
6. ONCINS, Eric (FGCUM) def. Fred Oervad (KUMT) 6-0, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. JOHNSON, Magnus/DAMM, Max (FGCUM) def. Juan Marrero/Geronimo Barrios (KUMT) 6-2
2. ONCINS, Eric/WILSON, Randy (FGCUM) def. Soufiane El Mesbahi/Yassir Kilani (KUMT) 6-3
3. Luke Simkiss/Bart Nouws (KUMT) def. MACIEL, Pedro/SEPULVEDA, Marcelo (FGCUM) 6-1

Finishing order: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,3,2,4,5,1)

The Eagles will be back in action next Friday as they host UAB. The first service at the FGCU Tennis Complex is scheduled for 5 p.m.

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The FGCU is led by three-time ASUN Coach of the Year J.C. Weber, who has coached 32 ASUN All-Conference selections since joining the Green and Blue in 2011. In his seventh year, Weber compiled a 106-80 (.568) overall record and a 43- 19 (.672) in the ASUN game. In 2014-15, Weber guided the Eagles to their first-ever ASUN championship and first-ever ASUN regular-season title after a program-best 17 wins. In his third season, Weber led Jordi Vives to No. 35 in the national rankings, a nation-leading 14-game unbeaten streak, and the Round of 16 at the 2014 NCAA Tournament – ​​the program’s first appearance. The Eagles finished a perfect ASUN regular season in 2015 and 2016, finishing with conference titles as well as Coach of the Year honor for Weber. FGCU once again won the 2017 ASUN Championship and made their second appearance in the NCAA. The Eagles returned to the top of the mountain by winning the 2019 regular season and tournament championships. Weber won his third ASUN Coach of the Year award and led the Greens and Blues to their third trip to the NCAA Tournament .

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