FGCU heads to Georgia after Bedford Cup
The Florida Gulf Coast University men’s tennis team heads to the Georgia Tech Invite in Atlanta Sept. 26-28.
The team competed at the Bedford Cup in Jacksonville this past weekend and had 11 victories over the course of the three day tournament, according to the FGCU athletics website.
On the first day, the Eagles had five victories. According to the FGCU Athletics website, senior Tianyu Bao led the team with a tiebreak win over UM’s Daniel Shebshayevich in the navy singles round. Redshirt-sophomore Chris Perrigan and freshman Sam Chaffin also had victories in their singles matches.
In doubles play, Bao and sophomore Andres Alfonso defeated their competitors 7-6 (4), 7-6(4) in the doubles round of 36 and then won their next match against their UCF competitors 7-6(4), 7-6(5) in the doubles round of 16.
“This duo was a lot of fun to watch,” head coach CJ Weber told FGCU Athletics. “I’m very proud of Andres for his performance today. He improved his doubles game an entire level from start to finish and he really helped Bao get through, especially in the first match.”
With a successful first day, the team hoped to carry the momentum over into the second day of the tournament.
The team had four victories on the second day. Perrigan won his match in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals. Chaffin also won his match 6-3, 7-6 to compete on the final day.
In the consolation singles matches, sophomore Adrian Reid and Alfonso defeated their competitors.
Despite having two wins the first day, the doubles team of Bao and Alfonso lost to their competitors in the quarterfinal. They won the first set 6-4 but lost the last two sets 4-6, 4-10.
On the final day, Alfonso was the only member of the team with victories in his singles consolation matches. He defeated USF’s Everth Dzib 3-6, 7-5,7-5 in the first match and won his second match against SU’s Loic Blanco in two sets of 7-5, 6-3.
“Andres had a great day and set the tone in this tournament,” Weber told FGCU Athletics. “His consolation finals win did not come easy to him as he showed serious fight on the court, something we as a team can learn from. I’m happy for his results during his first tournament as an FGCU Eagle.”
With only two wins on the final day, the Eagles are looking forward to compete in their next tournament in Atlanta.