Men’s Tennis Concludes ITA Southeast Regionals

Men’s Tennis Concludes ITA Southeast Regionals

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team wrapped up the ITA Southeast Regionals on Saturday, completing three days of tough action.

“This was a particularly challenging weekend for us as a team,” said head coach CJ Weber. “Every player is tough in our region, but we certainly got matched up against some of the absolute best. I’m proud of the guys because we competed very well today, the last day of our competition. We didn’t win the matches, but we played tight against some tough competition. If we learn to train harder and tougher, we can win those matches later. We just aren’t there right now. But in the end, if the guys compete well, we put ourselves in position to improve, and that makes me happy.”

The event got started on Thursday with qualifying rounds to earn a spot in the main draw. Redshirt-junior Pedro Maciel (Belo Horizante, Brazil/Goliath Academy) took down Alexandr Koliev of Mercer, 6-2, 3-6, 10-8, in the first round but fell to Sergio Ingles Garre of Kennesaw State in the second round.

In doubles qualifying, redshirt-sophomores Marcelo Sepulveda (Monterrey, Mexico/Penn Foster/Alabama) and Guglielmo Stefanacci (Prato, Italy/International School of Florence) also picked up a win, an 8-4 triumph over a duo form Georgia, but fell in the second round to North Florida.

In the main draw of singles, Sepulveda defeated #12 seed Benjamin Hannestad of Miami (Fla.), 5-7, 6-2, 6-4. He fell in the second round to William Grant of Florida, 7-6 (1), 6-3, 6-3.

“It was a lot of fun to watch Marcelo this weekend,” continued Weber. “Your first weekend of competition with a new uniform is always a fun and exciting one, and Marcelo represented the Eagles with class and dignity, and played some real good tennis too! Can’t wait to get back out on court with him this week!”

Redshirt-sophomores Randy Wilson (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic/Miami Palmetto/Louisville) and Juan Lopez (Gachancipa, Colombia/Colegio Virtual Siglo XXI) dropped their opening-round matches. Stefanacci also dropped his first singles match as well.

In the consolation singles match on Saturday, Lopez took a set from Sergio Gomez-Montesa (USF), but ultimately fell 3-6, 6-3, 7-10. Wilson and Stefanacci also dropped their consolation matches.

The Eagles will return to action on November 5-7 when they host the Bonita Bay Classic.

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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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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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