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Men’s Tennis Cruises to 7-0 Victory over Buffalo

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2/26/2022 | 11 AM

Feb. 26 (Sat) / 11 AM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – On Super Bowl Sunday, the FGCU men’s tennis team won by a touchdown over Buffalo, shutting out the Bulls, 7-0, at the FGCU Tennis Complex. Th Eagles improve to 5-2 on the season, which includes a perfect 5-0 record at home, while Buffalo falls to 0-6.

“I was coaching 4,5, and 6 today; and this was by far the best performance of the year for this bunch,” said head coach CJ Weber. “The things that we wanted to focus on in this match, the guys implemented absolutely perfectly. I was most proud of Max [Damm] for overcoming his adversities in the match so well; but I’m equally impressed with Pedro [Maciel] and Eric [Oncins]. The rest of the guys at 1,2, and 3 I know had great performances as well, and I’m just really happy for this group. We really earned this 7-0 victory over a very well-coached program with a lot of great history in the MAC. Fantastic weekend for the Eagles! Can’t wait to compete again in a couple of weeks with this group!”

The Eagles got off to a fast start, winning on courts one and two in doubles to take the early 1-0 lead.

Redshirt-sophomore Magnus Johnson (Naples, Fla./Homeschool/UCF) and junior Max Damm (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School) won a break-filled set 6-3 while redshirt-sophomore Marcelo Sepulveda (Monterrey, Mexico/Penn Foster/Alabama) and graduate student Juan Montes (Pereira, Colombia/Colegio Lujan) won 6-2.

In singles, redshirt-junior Pedro Maciel (Belo Horizonte, Brazil/Goliath Academy) breezed to a 6-1, 6-1 win in 47 minutes on court six to extend the Eagle lead to 2-0.

On court three, redshirt-sophomore Randy Wilson (Santo Domingo, Domincan Republic/Miami Palmetto/Louisville) dropped the first two games in the first set before winning six of the final seven to win the first set, 6-3. He took the second set by the same score to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead in the match.

Sepulveda clinched the match for the Eagles on court two, winning 7-6 (3), 6-4. He went ahead a couple of breaks in each set and although his opponent made it closer, Sepulveda was able to buckle down and secure the straight-set victory.

On court four, sophomore Eric Oncins (Orlando, Fla./Montverde Academy) used an early break in the first set to win 6-3 before taking the second set in a tiebreak 7-6 (2) to give the Eagles their fifth point of the day.

Doubles partners Johnson and Damm each dropped their first sets in singles, but both came back to win in three sets. Johnson won his match on court one, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 playing a full third set while Damm won 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (6), playing a 10-point third-set tiebreak.

FGCU 7, Buffalo 0
Singles Action

1.    JOHNSON, Magnus (FGCUM) def. Simon Wibler (UB) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
2.    SEPULVEDA, Marcelo (FGCUM) def. Cheng Tang (UB) 7-6 (7-3), 6-4
3.    WILSON, Randy (FGCUM) def. Finn Macnamara (UB) 6-3, 6-3
4.    ONCINS, Eric (FGCUM) def. Danils Snaiders (UB) 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
5.    DAMM, Max (FGCUM) def. Yu-Shiang Huang (UB) 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-6)
6.    MACIEL, Pedro (FGCUM) def. Greg Hastings (UB) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles Action
1.    DAMM, Max/JOHNSON, Magnus (FGCUM) def. Danils Snaiders/Simon Wibler (UB) 6-3
2.    MONTES, Juan/SEPULVEDA, Marcelo (FGCUM) def. Cheng Tang/Yu-Shiang Huang (UB) 6-2
3.    WILSON, Randy/ONCINS, Eric (FGCUM) vs. Finn Macnamara/Greg Hastings (UB) 6-5, unfinished

Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (6,3,2,4,1,5)

The Eagles will have nearly two weeks off before traveling to Georgia. They will take on Mercer on February 26 before battling Georgia State the next day. Both matches will begin at 11 a.m.

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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 108-80 (.572) 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 87 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just nine seasons of D-I postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 43 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. 25, 2021-22), 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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