Men’s tennis prepares to host Keizer on Friday night
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Seeking to rebound from two tough losses in Miami and FAU two weeks ago, the FGCU men’s tennis team returns to Fort Myers on Friday as they host Keizer at 5 p.m.
Redshirt-Sophomore Magnus Johnson (Naples, Fla./Homeschool/UCF) will look to go undefeated this season after picking up two wins over the Hurricanes and Owls. Against Miami, he beat Bojan Jankulovski, 7-5, 6-4 before defeating FAU’s Carles Sarrio, 6-1, 7-5. Not only is Johnson 4-0 this season at the No. 1 position, he is yet to drop a set this spring as he also has straight-set wins over Binghamton and Troy.
Redshirt-Sophomore Randy Wilson (Santo Domingo, DR/Miami Palmetto/Louisville) picked up the other singles win on the Eagles’ trip to the Atlantic Coast, beating Nicolas Jadoun of FAU, 7-6(4), 6-4.
Johnson and Wilson also had doubles wins over the Owls as Johnson teamed up with junior Max Dam (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School) for a 7-6(3) win as Wilson teamed with sophomore Eric Oncins (Orlando, Fla./Montverde Academy) for a 6-2 win.
In total this season, seven players have at least one singles win. Damm, Oncins and redshirt-sophomore Juan Lopez each had victories over Binghamton while redshirt-sophomore Guglielmo Stefanacci (Prato, Italy/International School of Florence) won against Troy.
In doubles, Johnson and Damm lead the Eagles with three wins at No. 1 while Wilson and Oncins are tied with a graduate student John Montes (Pereira, Colombia/Colegio Lujan) and redshirt-sophomore Marcelo Sepulveda (Monterrey, Mexico/Penn Foster/Alabama) with two wins.
Keizer enters the nation’s No. 2 ranked game in NAIA. They are 3-0 this season with wins over Palm Beach Atlantic, Gustavus Adolphus and Embry-Riddle and are led by Geronimo Barrios, Luke Simkiss and Charley Zich, all of whom are 3-0 in singles this spring. .
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