Men’s Tennis Drops 5-2 Decision to South Florida

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team (2-1) battled for four hours Saturday before falling 5-2 to South Florida (1-3) at the FGCU Tennis Complex.

“This was a good match for us. Hat’s off to USF, as I felt they stayed tough in the singles to earn the win,” said FGCU head men’s tennis coach CJ Weber. “We did our job in the doubles. As for singles, this team is very close. We’re off to a good start with the things we’re focusing on … we just need to stay on top of it and not have any let -oops. We’re looking forward to FAU.”

Red shirt juniors Randy Wilson (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic/Miami Palmetto/Louisville) and Marcelo Sepulveda (Monterrey, Mexico/Penn Foster/Alabama) got straight to work, winning 6-2 at No. 2 doubles.

Red shirt junior Magnus Johnson (Naples, Fla./Homeschool/UCF) and senior Max Damm (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephens Episcopal School) clinched the doubles point, winning 6-3 at No. 1.

In singles, Wilson fell 6-4, 6-0 at No. 3 to even the match 1-1, but Sepulveda dropped his match 6-2, 6-4 at No. 2 and Damm absorbed a 7-5, 6-3 loss at No. 6.

Johnson would secure the Eagles’ final point by defeating No. 69 Davide Tortora 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 at no. 1.

Red shirt junior Guglielmo Stefanacci (Prato, Italy/International School of Florence) won the first set of his match 7-6 (7) before eventually dropping the deciding sets 6-7 (7) and 3-6 at No. 4 to clinch the win for the Bulls. Junior Eric Oncins (Orlando, Fla./Montverde Academy) also lost his match at No. 5.

FGCU remains at home next week, hosting FAU (2-1) at 5 pm Wednesday.

Singles Competition
1. JOHNSON, Magnus (FGCU) def. Davide Tortora (69/-) [USFM] 6-3, 0-6, 6-3
2. Eric Grevelius [USFM] def. SEPULVEDA, Marcelo (FGCU) 6-2, 6-4
3. Alvin Tudorica (67/-) [USFM] def. WILSON, Randy (FGCU) 6-4, 6-0
4.Bruno Oliveira [USFM] def. STEFANACCI, Guglielmo (FGCU) 7-6(7), 6-7(7), 6-3
5. Thomas Palvekovich-S [USFM] def. ONCINS, Eric (FGCU) 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7)
6. Elijah Cham [USFM] def. DAM, Max (FGCU) 7-5, 6-3

Doubles Competition
1. JOHNSON, Magnus / DAMM, Max (FGCU) def. Erik Grevelius / Thomas Palvekovich-Smith [USFM] 6-3
2. SEPULVEDA, Marcelo / WILSON, Randy (FGCU) def. def. Alvin Tudorica / Bruno Oliveira [USFM] 6-2
3. Oncins, Eric / Stefanacci, Guglielmo [FGCU] vs. Davide Tortora / Samuel Frizelle [USFM] UF

Order of finish: Doubles (2.1); Singles (3, 2, 6, 1, 4)

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