TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team played just one match on Sunday as they wrapped up the Bedford Cup, hosted by Florida State.
In that one match, redshirt-sophomore Magnus Johnson (Naples, Fla./Homeschool/UCF) and Juan Lopez (Gachancipa, Colombia/Colegio Virtual Siglo XXI) dropped a hard-fought doubles match to Andreja Petrovic and Richard Thongoana, 7-6 (3).
“Today was a really tough loss,” said head coach CJ Weber. “We were 1 point away from going up 4-0, but that didn’t go our way and then the match just got tight. It really shows the value of every point in doubles. There’s plenty of things to take away from this weekend overall, and we will for sure be getting out on the practice courts with a refined focus.”
It was not a completely lost day for FGCU as Johnson took home the Sportsmanship Award.
“I’m happy for Magnus being recognized with the sportsmanship award,” continued Weber. “He’s such a class act, and represents the Eagle family so well in so many different ways! He didn’t perform to the level he would have liked this weekend, but receiving this award despite that shows how resilient he is with his sportsmanship, even when things aren’t going his way.”
The Eagles will return to the courts for the ITA Regionals on October 21st in Gainesville.
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