Mustangs Come From Behind To Top Florida Gulf Coast, 4-3

Go smu! Julio Olaya
Go smu!
Julio Olaya
Go smu!

Jan. 24, 2014

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (SMU) - The SMU Mustangs picked up their second win of the season in come-from-behind fashion as they defeated Florida Gulf Coast, 4-3, on Friday evening. With the win, SMU improves to 2-2 in 2014.

Junior Arturs Kazijevs fell down in his first set at No. 2 singles against Tianyu Bao in a tiebreaker. The Latvia native was able to win the next two sets 6-3 and 6-4 to clinch the victory for SMU in what was the last match to finish.

The Eagles took the opening doubles point, winning at both the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. SMU's Tony Russell and Arkidjas Slobodkins fought hard in the No. 3 doubles, with their match ultimately ending unfinished.

"It was a great comeback win by Arthur (Kazijevs) to clinch the match after losing the doubles. We need our seniors to come through and when that happens we will be a formidable team. The team is only as good as our seniors, and this year is no different. The freshmen (Julio) Olaya, Slobodkins and Russell stepped up and gave us a big boost today."

Nate Lammons won a three-set match against Gabriel Echeverry in the No. 4 singles position, while Slobodkins improved to 3-1 with a victory over Lucas Vaz in straight sets in the fifth spot. Olaya also won in straight sets at No. 6, defeating Adrian Reid 6-2, 6-4.

FGCU junior Jordi Vives, who is ranked 66th in the nation, defeated Alex Sanders in No. 1 singles 6-2, 6-5 (7-4), extending his nation-leading win streak to 12 straight matches.

SMU has now defeated FGCU three straight seasons, winning by a score of 6-1 in both 2012 and 2013.

The Mustangs will return home for their first match in Dallas in 2014 on Jan. 31 against UTSA at 2 p.m. CST.

Tennis Match Results
Jan 24, 2014 at Ft Myers, Fla.


Singles competition
1. #66 Jordi Vives (FGCU) def. Alex Sanders (SMU) 6-2, 6-5 (7-4)
2. #73 Arturs Kazijevs (SMU) def. Tianyu Bao (FGCU) 5-6 (7-3), 6-3, 6-4
3. Dean Tsamas (FGCU) def. Mischa Nowicki (SMU) 2-6, 6-5 (7-5), 6-5 (8-6)
4. Nate Lammons (SMU) def. Gabriel Echeverry (FGCU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-0
5. Arkidjas Slobodkins (SMU) def. Lucas Vaz (FGCU) 6-4, 6-5
6. Julio Olaya (SMU) def. Adrian Reid (FGCU) 6-2, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Dean Tsamas/Jordi Vives (FGCU) def. Arturs Kazijevs/Mischa Nowicki (SMU) 6-3
2. Tianyu Bao/Lance Lvovsky (FGCU) def. Nate Lammons/Alex Sanders (SMU) 6-3
3. Gabriel Echeverry/Lucas Vaz (FGCU) vs. Tony Russell/Arkidjas Slobodkins (SMU) unfinished

Match Notes:
SMU 2-1
FGCU 0-3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (6,1,5,4,3,2)