BONITA SPRINGS, Florida – The FGCU men’s tennis team ended the fall season on a high note Sunday afternoon winning eight of ten games against Notre Dame at the Bonita Bay Classic.
“It’s been a tough fall season for us, but the guys have done a lot of work, and most of the fall we’ve failed in so many games,” said the head coach. CJ Weber. “We knew we could put in a strong performance if we kept and continued to believe in each other. In my opinion today we have proven to ourselves that we are a good team with good players. We have to keep working. about our culture and being more consistent with our identity, so that we can have more consistent results. I’m very proud and happy for all the guys today! It’s great to end the fall like this!
In single action, redshirt-sophomore Marcelo Sepulveda (Monterrey, Mexico / Penn Foster / Alabama) and redshirt-sophomore Juan Montes (Pereira, Colombia / Colegio Lujan) won straight sets. Sepulveda defeated Peter Conklin, 6-4, 6-1, before Montes defeated Jean-Marc Malkowski, 6-2, 6-4.
Redshirt-second grade Randy Wilson (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic / Miami Palmetto / Louisville) won their first set, 6-1, before losing the second set, 5-7. However, he rebounded to win the third set tiebreaker, 10-4, against Jameson Corsillo.
Redshirt-second grade Magnus johnson (Naples, Florida / Homeschool / UCF) and second year Alexandre conca (Milan, Italy / ISMC Milano) each lost their first set, but came back to win the second set before winning the match in the third set tiebreaker.
After losing his first set, 6-7 (5) to Aditya Vashistha, Johnson returned to win the second set, 6-3, and the tiebreaker, 10-7 while Conca won his second set against Brian Bilsey, 6-3, and the tiebreaker, 10-8, after losing the first set, 4-6.
In doubles, the Eagles have three more wins as Johnson and junior Max Damm (Bradenton, FL / Saint Stephens Episcopal School) won their game 6-4, Wilson and sophomore Eric Oncins (Orlando, FL / Montverde Academy) beat their Irish opponents, 7-6 (3), and redshirt-sophomores Pedro Maciel (Belo Horizonte, Brazil / Goliath Academy) and Guglielmo Stefanacci (Prato, Italy / International School of Florence) won 6-3.
The Eagles return to the courts in the spring when the double season opens Jan. 14 against Binghamton.
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The FGCU is managed three times by ASUN Coach of the Year CJ Weber, who has coached 32 ASUN All-Conference caps since joining the Greens and Blues in 2011. In his seventh year, Weber compiled an overall record of 103-87 (.541) and a record of 43- 19 (.672) in the ASUN game. . In 2014-15, Weber guided the Eagles to their first-ever ASUN Championship and first-ever ASUN regular-season title after 17 Best Program wins. In his third season, Weber led Jordi Vives to 35th nationally, to a 14-game unbeaten streak at the top of the nation and to the Round of 16 of the 2014 NCAA Tournament – the program’s first appearance. The Eagles finished a perfect ASUN regular season in 2015 and 2016, finishing with conference titles as well as a Coach of the Year honor for Weber. The FGCU again won the 2017 ASUN Championship and made their second NCAA appearance. The Eagles returned to the top of the mountain by winning the 2019 regular season and tournament championships. Weber won his third ASUN Coach of the Year title and led the Greens and Blues on their third trip to the tournament. of the NCAA.
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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 85 regular season conference and tournament titles in just 13+ seasons at the Division I level. Plus, in just nine seasons of DI playoff eligibility, the Eagles brought together 42 teams or individuals competing in the NCAA Championships. Eight FGCU programs placed in the top 25 in their respective sports, including women’s basketball (# 21, 2020-21), beach volleyball (# 20, 2021) and men’s football (2018 , 2019) and women’s football (2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-2017, the Greens and Blues secured a sixth place, the best in the department, in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors Cup and a top 100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had the top seven ASUN and Florida State teams that won the NCAA Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progress in their sport. FGCU also collectively achieved a record 3.50 GPA in the classroom in the fall semester of 2020 and outperformed the general undergraduate population of the University for 24 consecutive semesters. The Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 semesters each saw another milestone, with all 15 programs each achieving a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles also completed a record 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two finalists for the NACDA Community Service First Prize presented by the Fiesta Bowl.