FGCU Serves Up First #ASunMTen Win; Faces UNF

Friday, April 19, 2013

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The No. 4 seed FGCU men’s tennis team earned its first ever win in Atlantic Sun Men's Tennis Championship history, defeating No. 5 USC Upstate, 4-2, on Friday from the Bristol Racquet Club.

FGCU's Michael Beiler put it away, rolling by Jamie Yates, 6-2, 6-0, to put the Eagles into Saturday’s semifinals. FGCU (11-10, 4-4 A-Sun) advances to play No. 1 North Florida (14-7, 8-0 A-Sun) from the ETSU Tennis Complex at 3 p.m. 

USC Upstate ends its season at 10-11, 4-4 A-Sun.

The Eagles soared to an early lead, winning doubles matches on courts one and three to take the first point of the match. Jordi Vives and Dean Tsamas clinched on the top court, getting by Matthias Kidler and Ramon Simonetti, 8-3. Michael Beiler and Jackson Moore had given FGCU the advantage in the doubles series with an 8-2 victory against Viktor Selander and Jamie Yates.

Upstate fought back, winning the first two completed singles matches and taking its first lead. Moore got it started on court four, 6-1, 6-1, against Selander, and Yvon Haessig got by Tsamas, 6-2, 6-3, to put the Spartans on top.

The Atlantic Sun Player of the Year, Matthias Kidler, went down next, bringing the match to its second tie. All-Atlantic Sun First Team member, Vives, got it done for the Eagles, downing Kidler, 6-3, 6-1. Last year’s A-Sun Freshman of the Year, Tianyu Bao kept the momentum going, coming back to win a second-set tiebreak and force a third set on court two against Ramon Simonetti. Bao went on to take the set and match, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.

The crucial No. 5 and 6 matches came into play with Bao’s win. Lvovsky and Beiler gave the Eagles an early edge, winning both of their first sets. Beiler would be the one to finish it, pulling ahead and never looking back for FGCU’s first A-Sun Tennis Championship victory.

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