ORLANDO, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team finished Sunday’s UCF Fall Sizzler, highlighted by Redshirt-Junior Magnus Johnson (Naples, Fla./Homeschool/UCF) and Senior Max Damm (Bradenton, Fla./Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School) won the ice doubles title.
“I really enjoyed the boys at this tournament,” said the head coach CJ Weber. “It’s hard to feel comfortable in everything at a fall tournament, but we’ve really grown a lot after the first day of competition. We won a title today with Max and Magnus and I’m very happy for them because they play so maturely and complement each other well. Most of all I’m so happy because every single one of my guys is a better player now than they were 3 days ago.”
Against Georgia Southern’s Judson Blair and Pol del Castillo Masich, Johnson and Damm proved why they were top seeds in the draw with a 6-3 win, ending a 3-0 weekend earlier in the season.
In the ice doubles region backdraw, redshirt junior Marcelo Sepulveda (Monterrey, Mexico/Penn Foster/Alabama) and Redshirt Junior Guglielmo Stefanacci (Prato, Italy/International School of Florence) ended their weekend with a win, beating UCF’s Luca Hotze and Cooper White 6-4.
The only other action for the Eagles was in the Blue Singles area as a dam and senior Carter Bradford (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Saddlebrook Preparatory School/George Mason) competing in the Backdraw Title Match. It was a back-and-forth between the two teammates but it was Damm who prevailed 6-3, 4-6, 10-7.
Next up for the Eagles is the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, October 1-9. Johnson, ranked 123rd in the country, will be the only representative for the Eagles as he faces some of the best players in the country.
The rest of the team will be back in action for the first of five days at the ITA Southeast Regionals in Tallahassee on October 20th.
Max Damm (FGCU) def. Carter Bradford (FGCU)6-3, 4-6, 10-7 (Blue)
Johnson/Dam (FGCU) def. Blair/Masich (GSU), 6-3
Sepulveda/Stefanacci (FGCU) def. Hotze/White (UCF), 6-4
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FGCU is led by the three-time ASUN Coach of the Year CJ Weber, who has coached 32 ASUN All-Conference selections since joining Green and Blue in 2011. In his 11th year, Weber has an overall record of 118–94 (.583) and a 50–20 (.721) record in the ASUN game. In 2014-15, Weber led the Eagles to their first-ever ASUN championship and ASUN regular-season title after 17 wins, which were the program’s best. In his third season, Weber led Jordi Vives ranked 35th nationally, a national-leading 14-game unbeaten streak and the Round of 32 in the 2014 NCAA Tournament—the program’s first appearance. The Eagles had perfect ASUN seasons in both 2015 and 2016, ending with conference titles and a Coach of the Year award for Weber. FGCU again won the 2017 ASUN Championship and made its second NCAA appearance. The Eagles returned to the mountaintop by winning the 2019 regular season and tournament championships. Weber received his third ASUN Coach of the Year award and led the Green-Blues on their third trip to the NCAA Tournament.
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FGCU teams have won an incredible 92 regular conference season and tournament titles in just 15 seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, the Eagles have contested a total of 45 teams or individuals in NCAA championships in just 11 seasons of DI postseason eligibility. In 2022, the men’s golf team became the first program to earn at large at the NCAA tournament. Eight FGCU programs have earned a national top-25 ranking in their respective sports — including women’s basketball (No. 20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2022), and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer ( 2018) as four of the youngest. In 2016-17, the Greens and Blues finished in the division’s best sixth place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and made the top-100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had the top seven teams from ASUN and Florida to earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progress in their sport. FGCU also achieved a combined record 3.50 GPA in the classroom for the Fall 2020 semester and has surpassed the university’s general student population for 26 consecutive semesters. In the past five semesters (Fall 2019 – Spring 2022), another milestone was reached as all 15 programs achieved a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles also contributed an all-time high of 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 and were recognized as one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.