JACKSONVILLE - Making its third straight appearance at the Atlantic Sun Championships, the third-seeded FGCU men's tennis team is looking to claim its first A-Sun title.
Backed by powerful doubles performances and dominant singles play, the No. 3 Eagles took another step Thursday by cruising to a 4-0 victory over No. 6 Mercer for its second-straight Atlantic Sun Championship quarterfinal win.
Improving to a D-I best 12-9 on the year, the Eagles take on second-seeded UNF (13-9, 6-0 A-Sun) in the semifinals at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the UNF Tennis Complex.
"I am very proud of this team," Eagles coach C.J. Weber said. "We played very disciplined tennis from start to finish, which is why we won this match. We need to continue to focus on being ourselves and compete with high energy. Great things lie ahead of this team"
If the Eagles' run through this weekend's championship is anything like their historic regular season then fans are in for quite a treat.
"This weekend is what it's all about," said Weber. "We're, prepared, we're healthy and we're motivated. I'm excited for this team and the opportunity that lies ahead of it. I'm confident they are ready for the challenge."
Achieve the most wins in the regular-season at the Division-I level, check. Post the best A-Sun record (6-2) in program history, check. Have representation in every installment of the ITA rankings, check.
Winning seven of its last 10 contests, the most recent being a win over Stetson for the first time in program history, FGCU is playing some of the best tennis the program has ever seen, which could not come at a more opportune time.
In their inaugural appearance at the A-Sun Championship in 2012, the Eagles lost to Stetson in the quarterfinal. In 2013 the Eagles claimed their first postseason win by besting USC Upstate in the quarterfinal before losing 4-0 to UNF in the semifinal.