Feb. 9, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Florida Atlantic Men’s tennis lost to Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday 6-1. The loss moves FAU to 4-4 on the season and comes on the back of strong victory Saturday over Bethune Cookman. The loss was FAU’s first home loss of the season, which was 2-0 at home prior to Sunday’s loss.
“Despite being down most of the match, our guys did an unbelievable job competing, and putting themselves in a situation to win this match,” said FAU head coach Ricardo Gonzalez
“We lost 3 tough 3 setters which could've gone either way. They played the bigger points better than us.”
Gonzalez believes the team can fix many of the small mistakes that plagued the Owls in this loss.
“We need to continue to work on the little details. I saw a lot of improvement in many areas but there is a lot more that we need to work on. We now need to get ready for the following weekend and try to get the most out of this weeks practice.”
The Owls won only one singles match but pushed several matches to three sets or tiebreakers. FAU junior Robert Dubuque won the Owl’s only singles match defeating Gabriel Echeverry 6-4, 6-2. Dubuque then teamed with FAU sophomore Sean Bacha to win their doubles matchup 6-2, defeating Gabriel Echeverry and Lucas Vaz. FAU Junior Will Neuner was able to push his match to three sets before falling to Tianyu Bao 6-1, 5-6 (4-7), 6-5 (8-6). Richard Meade fought to three sets before losing to Dean Tsamas 5-6 (7-5), 6-4, 1-0 (9-5).
FAU looks to bounce back with two upcoming home matches, Friday Feb. 14, at 2p.m. against Stetson University and Saturday Feb. 15, at 12p.m. against UCF.