Men’s Tennis Takes Down Furman

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team got back to its winning ways, Wednesday evening, defeating Furman, 4-3. The score ended up being close, but the Eagles clinched the match early, going up 4-0 before the Paladins won the final three matches.

The Green and Blue improve to 7-4 on the season while Furman falls to 8-6.

“Today was a great match for us,” said head coach CJ Weber. “I felt like Furman did a great job with their backs against the wall and they really made us earn it. Even the guys who lost today, I enjoyed watching them compete. Today, we got better, and now it’s time to get ready for Memphis on Saturday! “

The Eagles jumped out to an early 1-0 lead as they won the doubles point. Sophomore Eric Oncins (Orlando, Fla./Montverde Academy) and redshirt-sophomore Randy Wilson (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic / Miami Palmetto / Louisville) picked up their sixth win of the spring with a 6-3 win on court two before redshirt-sophomore Marcelo Sepulveda (Monterrey, Mexico / Penn Foster / Alabama) and graduate student Juan Montes (Pereira, Colombia / Colegio Lujan) won by the same score on court three to clinch the point.

In singles, redshirt-sophomore Magnus Johnson (Naples, Fla./Homeschool/UCF) quickly pushed the Eagle lead to 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-3 win in just over an hour. His win di lui brings his individual record to 9-2, the best record on the team.

Wilson followed on court three with his sixth win of the season, a 6-1, 6-2 triumph over James Roelofse to extend the Eagle lead to 3-0.

Sepulveda then clinched the match for the Eagles with a 7-5, 6-4 win on court three. He was up a double break in the second set before Elijah Poritzky won two straight games to make it a little closer, but a big service game clinched the match for Sepulveda and the Eagles.

The Paladins won on courts two, five, and six to make the final result a little tighter.

FGCU 4, Furman 3
Singles Action

1. JOHNSON, Magnus (FGCU) def. Ivan Mitric (FUR) 6-1, 6-3
2. Jamie Connel (FUR) def. MONTES, Juan (FGCU) 6-4, 7-5
3. SEPULVEDA, Marcelo (FGCU) def. Elijah Poritzky (FUR) 7-5, 6-4
4. WILSON, Randy (FGCU) def. James Roelofse (FUR) 6-1, 6-2
5. Emil Westling (FUR) def. STEFANACCI, Gugli (FGCU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
6. Drew Singerman (FUR) def. LOPEZ, Juan (FGCU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4

Doubles Action
1. DAMM, Max / JOHNSON, Magnus (FGCUM) vs. # 29 Jamie Connel / Ivan Mitric (FUR) 5-6, unfinished
2. WILSON, Randy / ONCINS, Eric (FGCUM) def. Cole Burnam / Elijah Poritzky (FUR) 6-3
3. SEPULVEDA, Marcelo / MONTES, Juan (FGCUM) def. Emil Westling / James Roelofse (FUR) 6-3

FGCU will return to the courts on Saturday evening against # 26 Memphis. First serve is set for 5 pm, but make sure to follow FGCU_MTEN on Twitter for possible updates regarding inclement weather.

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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 110-82 (.572) overall record and a 43-19 (.672) 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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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 89 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just 10 seasons of DI postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 43 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have earned a top-25 national ranking in their respective sport – including women’s basketball (No. 20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2022) and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer (2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Green and Blue posted a department-best sixth-place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top-100 showing nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and state of Florida best seven teams earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their Academic Progress Rate in their sport. FGCU also collectively earned a record 3.50 GPA in the classroom in the fall 2020 semester and has outperformed the general University undergraduate population for 25 consecutive semesters. The past five semesters (Fall 2019 – Fall 2021) each saw another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a 3.0-or-higher team GPA in each. The Eagles also served an all-time high 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.

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