Women’s Tennis Splits Doubles with Marquette at UCF Invitational
Saturday, September 29, 2012 | by Patrick Pierson (@pierson_sid)
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Junior Gyanna Mandic turned in a straight-set 6-3, 7-5 victory over Ann-Sophie Porry of UCF. (Photo by Dennis Snyder)
Junior Gyanna Mandic turned in a straight-set 6-3, 7-5 victory over Ann-Sophie Porry of UCF. (Photo by Dennis Snyder)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Highlighted by a doubles split against BIG EAST member Marquette, the FGCU women’s tennis team continued play at the UCF Invitational on Saturday. The Eagles took two of four doubles matches against Marquette and three singles wins against the host Knights.

Sophomore Sarah Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) turned in her second straight unbeaten day, winning at No. 1 singles and teaming with her sister freshman Elizabeth Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) for an 8-6 double victory against Marquette’s tandem of Hernandez and Dawson, 8-6.

Playing at No. 1 singles, Sarah Means picked up her second straight-set win of the weekend, taking down UCF’s Genevieve Lorbergs, 7-5 and 6-3. Freshman Johanna Sterkel (Schwetzingen, Germany/Carl-Theodor-Schule HS) picked up her first collegiate singles win, defeating Courtney Griffith in a three-set battle, 7-5, 2-6, 1-0 (10-8).

Sterkel and junior Bettina Botha (Cape Town, South Africa/De Kuilen HS) continued to play well together in doubles, improving to 2-0 on the weekend. Sterkel and Botha followed Friday’s dramatic 9-8 win with another 9-8(2) victory over Marquette’s duo of Hernandez and Diaz.

Junior Gyanna Mandic (Oshowa, Canada/Edison Academies) rounded out the singles wins with a straight-set 6-3, 7-5 victory over Ann-Sophie Porry of UCF.

Doubles – Marquette vs. FGCU
Ana Pimienta/Erin Gebes (MU) def. Morgan Bechtel/Gyanna Mandic (FGCU) 8-2
Bettina Botha/Johanna Sterkel (FGCU) Laia Hernandez/Rocio Diaz (MU) 9-8(2)
Elizabeth Means/Sarah Means (FGCU) def. Aina Hernandez/Ali Dawson (MU) 8-6
Vanessa Foltiner/Aleeza Kanner (MU) def. Marina Diez/Zhoe Solaun (FGCU) 8-1

Singles – UCF vs. FGCU
Sarah Means (FGCU) def. Genevieve Lorbergs (UCF) 7-5, 6-3
Jenna Doerfler (UCF) def. Morgan Bechtel (FGCU) 6-0, 6-1
Johanna Sterkel (FGCU) def. Courtney Griffith (UCF) 7-5, 2-6, 1-0(10-8)
Clare Mendell (UCF) def. Elizabeth Means (FGCU) 7-6(3), 6-0
Caroline Eberhart (UCF) def. Bettina Botha (FGCU) 6-0, 6-1
Sofia Baptista (UCF) def. Zhoe Solaun (FGCU) 6-3, 6-2
Gyanna Mandic (FGCU) def. Ann-Sophie Porry (UCF) 6-3, 7-5
Katie Spivak (UCF) def. Marina Diez (FGCU) 6-4, 3-6, 1-0(10-2)

UCF Fall Invitational Remaining Schedule
Sunday, Sept. 30 (Begins at 9 a.m.)
Doubles
Marquette vs. UCF
FGCU vs. Stetson
Singles
Marquette vs. FGCU
Stetson vs. UCF