Magnus Johnson Repeats as Player of the Year to Highlight Men’s Tennis Postseason Honors

FORT MYERS, Fla. – For the second-straight season, Magnus Johnson has been named ASUN Player of the Year as announced by the ASUN Conference, Thursday afternoon. The redshirt-sophomore headlined a trio of Eagles earning postseason accolades as Randy Wilson and Marcelo Sepulveda were each named to the All-ASUN Second Team. Johnson also earned a spot on the ASUN All-Academic Team.

“I’m really proud of all three of these players,” said head coach CJ Weber. “Magnus is playing at a much higher level lately and has been extremely disciplined all year working on the things to improve his game. He’s also a brilliant student and does incredibly well in the classroom to earn a well-deserved all-academic honor! Marcelo has been the steadiest, most even-keeled player we’ve had all throughout the year. His mental stability and discipline have given us much-needed leadership throughout this season. And Randy has been on an incredible journey all year long! so much during his time here at FGCU, and he’s finding ways to implement it more consistently in his game. We’re all extremely excited to host the championships this weekend, and I can’t wait to see this group perform as a team. “

Johnson joins former Eagle Jordi Vives (2014 & 2015) as one of just nine student-athletes in ASUN history to be a multiple-time Player of the Year. He also joins Vives as just the second Eagle to be an All-ASUN First Team selection on multiple occasions.

On the court this spring, Johnson went 16-3 overall, playing exclusively at the No. 1 position. In conference play, he went 6-1, the best record among players in the ASUN who played every match on court one. He also picked up big non-conference wins over players from Miami, FAU, Binghamton, Troy, UAB, Buffalo, Mercer, Georgia State, Furman, and Memphis.

In the classroom, Johnson thrives as well as he has a 3.93 GPA while majoring in Management. He becomes the first Eagle to land on the All-Academic team since Andres Alfonzo and Ricky Ventura earned spots in 2016.

Wilson earns a spot on the All-ASUN Second Team after putting together a spectacular season. Playing mostly at No. 3 and No. 4, Wilson went 14-3 this spring which included an 8-0 record in ASUN play, the only player in the ASUN to achieve that mark. He has come up clutch on multiple occasions for the Eagles, none bigger than his decisive three-set win over Liberty to clinch a comeback 4-3 victory over the Flames earlier this season en route to winning ASUN Player of the Week.

Sepulveda also put together a strong season in his first year representing the Green and Blue. The Alabama transfer went 11-8 this spring at No. 2 and No. 3 which included a 6-2 mark in ASUN action. Sepulveda was also named ASUN Player of the Week this year, doing so after picking a pair of singles and doubles wins over Furman and Memphis.

The Eagles will turn their attention to the ASUN Tournament taking place this weekend at the FGCU Tennis Complex. The Eagles earned the # 1 seed after winning the ASUN Regular-Season title and will play the winner of UNF / Stetson on Saturday at 5 pm

Player of the Year: Magnus JohnsonFGCU
Doubles Pair of the Year: Nicaise Muamba & Rafael Marques Da Silva, Liberty
Freshman of the Year: Tristan Dumas, Stetson
Coach of the Year: Matt Emery, Kennesaw State

ASUN First Team All-Conference
*Magnus JohnsonFGCU, R-So., Naples, Fla.
* Josh Wilson, Liberty, Jr., Reigate, United Kingdom
Raul Garcia, Kennesaw State, So., Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
Matthew Terry, Kennesaw State, Gr., Alpharetta, Ga.
Jonas Hartenstein, North Florida, So., Berlin, Germany
Diogo Marques, Stetson, Sr., Setubal, Portugal

ASUN Second Team All-Conference
Cole Groetsch, Bellarmine, Sr., Chalfont, Pa.
Marcelo SepulvedaFGCU, So., Monterrey, Mexico
Randy WilsonFGCU, So., Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Rafael Marques Da Silva, Liberty, So., Sao Paulo, Brazil
Nicaise Muamba, Liberty, Sr., Laval, Quebec, Canada
Matt Carroll, North Florida, Jr., Hertfordshire, England
Nilo Duarte, North Florida, Sr., Barcelona, ​​Spain

ASUN All-Freshmen Team
* Tristan Dumas, Stetson, Nice, France
* Hugo Salmeron, Kennesaw State, Barcelona, ​​Spain
Jack Batchelor, Bellarmine, York, England
Vicente Arbelaez, Jacksonville State, Cali, Colombia
Ervin Eminefendic, Stetson, Turin, Italy
Sami Ozzor, Stetson, Daytona, Fla.

2022 ASUN Men’s Tennis All-Academic Team
Josh Wilson, Liberty (4.00 | Jr. | Reigate, United Kingdom | Finance (MBA)
Magnus JohnsonFGCU (3.93 | R-So. | Naples, Fla. | Management)
Christiaan Worst, Liberty (3.94 | Jr. | Pretoria, South Africa | Business Administration)
Sam Fischer, Lipscomb (4.00 | Gr. | Brentwood, Tenn. | Biomolecular Science)
Jonas Hartenstein, North Florida (3.90 | So. | Berlin, Germany | Communication)
Tim Gennes, Stetson | 3.95 | Sr. | Aachen, Germany | Finance)

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CJ WEBER
FGCU is led by three-time ASUN Coach of the Year CJ Weber, who has coached 32 ASUN All-Conference selections since joining the Green and Blue in 2011. In his seventh year, Weber has compiled a 116-83 (.583) overall record and a 49-19 (.721) record in ASUN play . 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 a No. 35 national ranking, a nation-leading 14-match unbeaten streak and the round of 32 in the 2014 NCAA Tournament – the program’s first appearance. The Eagles completed a perfect ASUN regular season in both 2015 and 2016, finishing with conference titles as well as a Coach of the Year honor for Weber. FGCU again won the 2017 ASUN Championship and made its second NCAA appearance. The Eagles returned to the mountaintop by claiming the 2019 regular season and tournament championships. Weber earned his third ASUN Coach of the Year honor and led the Green and Blue to their third trip to the NCAA Tournament.

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