Stefanacci Picks Up Win for Men’s Tennis on Day One of UCF Sizzler


ORLANDO, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team kicked off its fall season on Friday at the UCF Sizzler with redshirt-junior Guglielmo Stefanacci (Prato, Italy/International School of Florence) picking up a singles win for the Eagles while three doubles teams collected victories.

“Overall, today was a good first day,” said the head coach CJ Weber. “We had many opportunities to compete and get better, and we got to see where our starting point is this year. We have a long journey ahead of us and right now, I just want the guys to enjoy each moment.”

With the Eagles’ three returning All-ASUN players not in action on day one of singles, Stefanacci picked up the lone win of the day for the Green and Blue, taking down Valentin Dun of Georgia Southern, 6-2, 6-1. He will now advance to take on the #1 seed in the Red draw, Bogdan Pavel of UCF, tomorrow.

In other singles action, junior Eric Oncins (Orlando, Fla./Montverde Academy) fell to Cole Burnham of Furman, 6-4, 6-2, in the Red singles draw while redshirt-junior Juan Lopez (Gachancipa, Colombia/Colegio Virtual Siglio XXI) fell 6-3, 6-3 to Sam Paquette of Cornell in the Green draw.

In the Blue singles draw, senior Max Dam (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School) fell 6-2, 6-3 to Thomas Kennedy of Furman while senior Carter Bradford (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Saddlebrook Preparatory School/George Mason) dropped his match, 6-2, 6-4, to Sven Thiergard of Stetson.

In doubles, top-seeded redshirt junior Magnus Johnson (Naples, Fla./Homeschool/UCF) and Damm received a bye into the second round of the Ice draw before proceeding to defeat Alexandre Hillhouse and Sami Ozzor of Stetson, 6-4.

The other two doubles pairs in the Ice draw for the Eagles dropped their first match but bounced back to finish the day with a win as redshirt-junior Marcelo Sepulveda (Monterrey, Mexico/Penn Foster/Alabama) and Stefanacci defeated Thomas Kennedy and Emil Westling of Furman, 6-2, while Oncins and redshirt-junior Randy Wilson (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic/Miami Palmetto/Louisville) won 7-6 (1) over Connor Laymon and Ben Cahill of Furman.

Friday Results
Singles

Stefanacci (FGCU) def. Dun (GSU) 6-2, 6-1 (Red)
Burnham (Furman) def. Oncins (FGCU) 6-4, 6-2 (Red)
Paquette (Cornell) def. Lopez (FGCU) 6-3, 6-3 (Green)
Kennedy (Furman) def. Damm (FGCU) 6-2, 6-3 (Blue)
Thiergard (Stetson) def. Bradford (FGCU) 6-2, 6-4 (Blue)

Doubles
Johnson/Damm (FGCU) def. Hillhouse/Ozzor (Stetson), 6-4 (Ice)
Garcia/Conway (KSU) def. Stefanacci/Sepulveda (FGCU) 7-5 (Ice)
Stefanacci/Sepulveda (FGCU) def. Kennedy/Westling (Furman) 6-2 (Ice)
Dossani/Mao (Cornell) def. Wilson/Oncins (FGCU) 6-2 (Ice)
Wilson/Oncins (FGCU) def. Laymon/Cahill (Furman), 7-6 (1) (Ice)
Sanchez/Snyder (UCF) def. Bradford/Lopez (FGCU) 6-3 (Four)

Saturday Schedule
Singles
8 a.m

Pavel UCF v Stefanacci FGCU
Wilson FGCU v Han FU
Johnson FGCU v Kennedy FU
Sepulveda FGCU v White UCF

Not Before 9:30 am
Oncins FGCU v Aalderling GSU

12 p.m
Damm FGCU vs Laymon FU
Weingarten KSU v Bradford FGCU

Not before 12:30 p.m
Lopez FGCU v Snyder/Shroder winner

Doubles
2:30 p.m

Bradford/Lopez FGCU V Han/Burnam FU
Johnson/Damm FGCU V Garcia/Conway KSU
Roumpis/Mitchell GSU v Stefanacci/Sepulveda FGCU)
Wilson/Oncins FGCU v White/Hotze UCF

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