Sept. 29, 2012
Fort Myers, FL - Sophomore Will Neuner earned a straight-set quarterfinal round victory to highlight performances by Florida Atlantic University men’s tennis players in the second day of the Florida Gulf Coast University Invitational on Saturday.
Neuner defeated UCF’s Jorge Blasco 6-2, 6-3 to advance to Sunday’s semifinal round against the University of Miami’s Victor Mauz. The match will begin at 9 a.m., with the winner advancing to the 1 p.m. championship set.
Six FAU players earned singles-match victories on Saturday, including three triumphs that lasted three sets.
Senior Taylor Albrecht won a consolation match 7-5, 6-3 over FGCU’s Lance Lvovsky. The win marked the first singles triumph this fall for the nationally and regionally ranked player.
In other consolation play, senior Jose Fantova won a third-set tiebreaker 11-9 over FGCU’s Michael Beiler to even his record to 2-2 on the season. Fantova split the first two sets by 6-4 scores. Sophomore Chris Janssen was another three-set winner, earning a 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (5) victory over FGCU’s Collin Brown.
Sophomore Sean Bacha rallied to win 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (3) over FGCU’s Gabe Echeverry and sophomore Robert Dubuque defeated Barry University’s Eduardo Alfonzo. Freshman John Nowak lost a three-set decision to Miami’s Henrique Tsukamoto, dropping the tiebreaker by a 10-6 score.
In doubles action, the tandem of Bacha and Fantova suffered a 8-6 loss in the quarterfinals to a team from Barry. The team of Albrecht and Neuner also dropped a quarterfinal match.
The Owls will wrap up their second fall tournament on Sunday, September 30.