FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team cruised to victory on a chilly Friday evening in its 2023 spring season opener, sweeping Southern Miss 7-0 at the FGCU Tennis Complex.
“Today was a great opening match for us! 7-0 matches are really hard to come by,” said FGCU head men’s tennis coach CJ Weber. “I was proud of the guys for implementing the things we’ve been working on this week to get a strong start.”
Red shirt junior Magnus Johnson (Naples, Fla./Homeschool/UCF) and senior Max Damm (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephens Episcopal School) got straight to work in doubles, winning 6-2 at No. 1.
Red shirt juniors Randy Wilson (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic/Miami Palmetto/Louisville) and Marcelo Sepulveda (Monterrey, Mexico/Penn Foster/Alabama) clinched the doubles point for the Eagles in match No. 2, won 6-2.
Magnus pushed the FGCU lead to 2-0 by winning his singles match 6-2, 6-1. Junior Eric Oncins (Orlando, Fla./Montverde Academy) breezed to a 6-2, 6-3 victory at No. 5. Red shirt junior Guglielmo Stefanacci (Prato, Italy/International School of Florence) clinched the match for the Eagles at No. 4 with a 6-4. 6-3 decisions.
Sepulveda gave the Eagles their fifth point of the night with a 4-6, 6-2, 10-5 showing at No. 2. And Wilson delivered a sixth point with a 7-5, 6-3 victory at No. 3.
Damm clinched the Green & Blue sweep by winning 3-6, 7-5, 10-8 at No. 6.
1. JOHNSON, Magnus (FGCU) def. Olimyon Nabiev (USM) 6-2, 6-1
2. SEPULVEDA, Marcelo (FGCU) def. Dakotah Bobo (USM) 4-6, 6-2, 10-5
3. WILSON, Randy (FGCU) def. Alan Sanson (USM) 7-5, 6-3
4. STEFANACCI, Gugli (FGCU) def. Gima Alexander (USM) 6-4, 6-3
5. ONCINS, Eric (FGCU) def. Saheb Sodhi (USM) 6-2, 6-3
6. DAM, Max (FGCU) def. Taras Ignatiuk (USM) 3-6, 7-5, 10-8
1. JOHNSON, Magnus/DAMM, Max (FGCU) def. VERMA, Dakotah Bobo / Alexander Gima (USM) 6-2
2. WILSON, Randy /SEPULVEDA, Marcelo (FGCU) def. SRIVASTAVA, Saheb Sodhi / Antoine Audrain (USM) 6-2
3. STEFANACCI ,Guglielimo /ONCINS, Eric (FGCU) def. Shamirul Shahril / Pasawee Reansuwong (USM) UF
Order of finish: doubles (1,2); Singles (1,5,4,2,3,6)
FGCU returns to action Saturday by hosting Bucknell. First serve is set for 5 pm
FGCU is led by three-time ASUN Coach of the YearCJ Weber, who has coached 32 ASUN All-Conference selections since joining the Green and Blue in 2011. In his 12th year, Weber has compiled a 124-95 (.566) overall record and a 52-19 (.732) 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. In 2022, Weber led the Eagles to another ASUN regular-season title while reaching #65 in the ITA rankings, the highest in program history.
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