TAMPA, Fla. – After a successful opening day that featured three singles wins and a doubles win by its four participants, the FGCU women’s tennis team capped its fall campaign on Saturday at the Bedford Cup hosted by USF.
Sophomore Sarah Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) picked up one of the three singles wins on Friday following her first round bye, advancing to the Round of 16 with a 6-0, 6-2 victory of Florida A&M’s Alexis Dean. Means returned to the court on Saturday, but fell to Miami’s Nichole Stracar, 6-3 and 6-3. Stracar won the Miami Invite green singles draw earlier in the year.
Means’ day wasn’t done, as she and her sister Elizabeth looked to stay alive in the doubles main draw. The duo received a bye in the opening round on Friday and then turned in a dominating 8-0 win over Williams and Dean from Florida A&M to advance to the quarterfinals. Faced with taking on Stracar again and her teammate Britany Dubins, the Means’ run came to an end by an 8-3 outcome.
Sophomore Zhoe Solaun (Gainesville, Fla./F.W. Buchholz HS) provided the team’s fourth singles victory of the weekend in the consolation bracket. Solaun took care of FAMU’s Stephanie Allen in straight sets, 6-2 and 6-2.
FGCU will begin its championship spring season on Saturday, Jan. 19 when it hosts the FGCU Spring Invitational on campus. The Eagles will look to build off their 2012 spring campaign in which they finished third in the Atlantic Sun.
BEDFORD CUP SINGLES MAIN DRAW
Round of 64 – Friday
Sarah Means (FGCU) – Bye
Elizabeth Means (FGCU) def. Symone Towsend (FAMU) – 6-0, 6-4
Johanna Sterkel (FGCU) def. Mariella Calderon (UNF) – 6-2, 6-3
Elysia Ortiz (FAMU) def. Zhoe Solaun (FGCU) – 6-2, 7-6(3)
Round of 32 – Friday
Sarah Means (FGCU) def. Alexis Dean (FAMU) – 6-0, 6-2
Deborah Suarez (Miami) def. Elizabeth Means (FGCU) – 6-3, 6-0
Courtney Griffith (UCF) def. Johanna Sterkel (FGCU) – 6-1, 1-6, 10-6
Round of 16 – Saturday
Nichole Stracar (Miami) def. Sarah Means (FGCU) – 6-3, 6-3
BEDFORD CUP DOUBLES MAIN DRAW
Round of 32 - Friday
Means/Means (FGCU) – Bye
Sargeant/Vriens (FSU) def. Sterkel/Solaun (FGCU) – 8-1
Round of 16 – Friday
Means/Means (FGCU) def. Williams/Dean (FAMU) – 8-0
Quarterfinals – Saturday
Means/Means (FGCU) vs. Dubins/Stracar (Miami) def. Means/Means – 8-3
BEDFORD CUP SINGLES CONSOLATION – Saturday
Zhoe/Solaun (FGCU) def. Stephanie Miller (FAMU) – 6-2, 6-2