Men’s Tennis Collects Eight Wins Over Notre Dame in Fall Finale

Men’s Tennis Collects Eight Wins Over Notre Dame in Fall Finale

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team wrapped up the fall season on a high note, Sunday afternoon, winning eight of ten matches against Notre Dame at the Bonita Bay Classic.

“It’s been a tough fall season for us, but the guys have been putting in a lot of work, and the majority of the fall, we’ve come up short in so many matches,” said head coach CJ Weber. “We knew we could put together a strong performance if we kept at it and kept believing in each other. In my opinion, today we proved to ourselves that we are a good team with good players. We need to continue to work on our culture and be more consistent with our identity, so we can have more consistent results. I’m very proud and happy for all the guys today! It feels great to finish the fall like this!”

In singles action, redshirt-sophomore Marcelo Sepulveda (Monterrey, Mexico/Penn Foster/Alabama) and redshirt-sophomore Juan Montes (Pereira, Colombia/Colegio Lujan) cruised to straight-set victories. Sepulveda took down Peter Conklin, 6-4, 6-1, before Montes defeated Jean-Marc Malkowski, 6-2, 6-4.

Redshirt-sophomore Randy Wilson (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic/Miami Palmetto/Louisville) won his first set, 6-1, before dropping the second set, 5-7. However, he rebounded to win the third-set tiebreaker, 10-4, over Jameson Corsillo.

Redshirt-sophomore Magnus Johnson (Naples, Fla./Homeschool/UCF) and sophomore Alessandro Conca (Milan, Italy/ISMC Milano) each dropped their first set, but came back to win the second set before clinching the match in the third-set tiebreaker.

After dropping his first set, 6-7 (5) to Aditya Vashistha, Johnson came back to win the second set, 6-3, and tiebreaker, 10-7 while Conca won his second set over Brian Bilsey, 6-3, and the tiebreaker, 10-8, after dropping the first set, 4-6.

In doubles, the Eagles picked up three more wins as Johnson and junior Max Damm (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephens Episcopal School) won their match 6-4, Wilson and sophomore Eric Oncins (Orlando, Fla./Montverde Academy) took down 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 will return to the courts in the spring when they open the dual season on January 14th against Binghamton.

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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 103-87 (.541) 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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ABOUT FGCU

FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 85 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 13+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just nine seasons of D-I postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 42 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. 21, 2020-21), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2021) 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 24 consecutive semesters. The 2019 Fall, 2020 Spring, 2020 Fall, and 2021 Spring semesters 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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