Men’s tennis travels to UCF before returning home to face St. John’s

Men's tennis travels to UCF before returning home to face St. John's

FORT MYERS, Florida. – The FGCU men’s tennis team is set for two matches this weekend. The Eagles will open with a road game at #47 UCF on Friday at 1 p.m. before heading home Saturday to face St. John’s at 5 p.m. Saturday’s game against St. John’s will also be country club day at the FGCU Tennis Complex. The country club with the most participants will win a free clinic with the team.

The Eagles are currently 6-3 this season after splitting two games last weekend. On Saturday, the Greens and Blues beat Mercer, 5-2, before losing to Georgia State, 4-1.

Redshirt-Sophomore Magnus Johnson (Naples, Fla./Homeschool/UCF) picked up two singles wins over the weekend as it improves to 8-1 this spring, with all of its wins coming in at No. 1. Redshirt-Sophomore Randy Wilson (Santo Domingo, DR/Miami Palmetto/Louisville) is second on the team with five sophomore singles wins Eric Oncins (Orlando, Fla./Montverde Academy) contributed with four wins.

In doubles, Johnson and junior Max Dam (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School) leads the Eagles with six wins while Oncins and Wilson have five and a redshirt sophomore Marcelo Sepulveda (Monterrey, Mexico/Penn Foster/Alabama) and graduate student John Montes (Pereira, Colombia/Colegio Lujan) collected four.

UCF enters Friday’s game with a 2-8 record but entered the ITA rankings after beating #37 Arkansas, 4-1 last Sunday. Trey Hilderbrand is currently ranked No. 55 in the singles ranking while Leyton Cronje and Bogdan Pavel are No. 30 in the doubles ranking.

St. John’s starts the weekend with a solid 7-2 record that includes wins over Yale and Boston College. Axel Vila Antuna is classified in singles and doubles since he occupies the 97th and 58th ranks with Ignacio Garcia in duet.

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