Tennis

Men’s tennis drops to No. 47 UCF

Men's tennis drops to No. 47 UCF

ORLANDO, Florida. – The FGCU men’s tennis team traveled to Orlando to take on #47 UCF on Friday afternoon, where the Eagles fell to the Knights, 6-1. The Eagles drop to 6-4 this season while UCF goes to 3-8.

“UCF has a really strong team that can compete with anyone in the country,” the head coach said J.C. Weber. “We started slowly in the doubles, and that made it very difficult for us to come back. Against a team like this, we have to be ready from the first point to even have a chance. We did pretty well in a few places, but not good enough in others to keep the game close enough. I’m really proud of Lopez for giving the Eagles a great win! It was a very disciplined game for him, not everything went his way, but he stayed to fight and got a very good score. A precious victory for himself and for the team. We look forward to St John’s tomorrow.”

Redshirt-Sophomore Juan Lopez (Gachancipa, Colombia/Colegio Virtual Siglio XXI) picked up the Eagles’ lone win, a 7-6(1), 6-4 win on court six. With the win, Lopez moves to 2-3 in singles action this spring.

UCF took the lead in the match taking the doubles point with wins on courts one and two.

In singles action, the Knights picked up straight-set wins on courts two, three, four and five to win the match. Redshirt-Sophomore Magnus Johnson (Naples, Fla./Homeschool/UCF) won their first set on court one, 7-5, before losing the second set, 3-6. In the 10-point tiebreaker, Trey Hildebrand, ranked No. 55 in the nation, beat Johnson, 10-6.

#47 UCF 6, FGCU 1
action for singles

1. #55 Trey Hilderbrand (UCF) def. JOHNSON, Magnus (FGCU) 5-7, 6-3, 10-6
2. Lleyton Cronje (UCF) defeated. MONTES, Juan (FGCU) 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
3. Bogdan Pavel (UCF) defeated. SEPULVEDA, Marcelo (FGCU) 6-3, 6-1
4. Alan Rubio (UCF) defeated. WILSON, Randy (FGCU) 6-1, 6-2
5. JC Roddick (UCF) def. STEFANACCI, Gugli (FGCU) 6-2, 6-1
6. LOPEZ, Juan (FGCU) def. Quinn Snyder (UCF) 7-6 (7-1), 6-4

Dual action
1. #30 Lleyton Cronje/Bogdan Pavel (UCF) def. DAMM, Max/JOHNSON, Magnus (FGCU) 6-2
2. Trey Hilderbrand/Cooper White (UCF) def. ONCINS, Eric/WILSON, Randy (FGCU) 6-4
3. JC Roddick/Quinn Snyder (UCF) v MONTES, Juan/SEPULVEDA, Marcelo (FGCU) 5-4, unfinished

Finishing order: Doubles (1.2); Singles (4,5,3,2,6,1)

The Eagles return to action tomorrow night when they host St. John’s. The first service at the FGCU Tennis Complex is set for 5 p.m. It’s also country club day and the busiest country club will win a free clinic with the team.

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