06 Nov Men’s Tennis Completes Day One of Bonita Bay Classic
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team completed day one of the Bonita Bay Classic, Friday afternoon, winning two matches against Memphis after dealing with shoddy weather.
Because of the inclement weather, the teams decided to play one pro set to eight in singles play. Redshirt-senior Juan Montes (Pereira, Colombia/Colegio Lujan) picked up an 8-4 victory over Oscar Cutting for the Eagles’ lone win of the day in singles.
In doubles, sophomore Eric Oncins (Orlando, Fla./Montverde Academy) and redshirt-sophomore Guglielmo Stefanacci (Prato, Italy/International School of Florence) took home a victory over Pablo Alemany and Patrick Sydow, 7-6.
“We were very happy to get some tennis in today,” said head coach CJ Weber. “The weather was not very promising at all, so that’s why we had to change up the format a bit. I’m happy with how the guys competed overall today. Memphis always has a great team every year, so we were challenged at every spot. I’m very happy for Juan Montes. He played an incredible match, and this was the first time he’s competed in over 6 months! He’s so much fun to watch, and I’m very happy to have him back out on the court!”
In other action, redshirt-sophomore Randy Wilson (Santo Domino, Dominican Republic/Miami Palmetto/Louisville) went to a tiebreak against Pao Fanlo, but ultimately dropped the match.
Montes and redshirt-sophomore Marcelo Sepulveda (Monterrey, Mexico/Penn Foster/Alabama) went to a tiebreak in their doubles match against Harry Rock and Oscar Cutting, but could not pull out the victory.
The Eagles will be back in action tomorrow at 4 p.m. for day two of the Bonita Bay Classic. They will take on players from Miami and Dartmouth before concluding the weekend on Sunday against Notre Dame at 12:30 p.m.
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