FGCU Collects Four A-Sun Women’s Tennis Postseason Honors
Thursday, April 18, 2013 | by Andrew Piper (@ADPiper7)
FGCU collected a total of four postseason honors between three Eagles. (Photos by Linwood Ferguson)
FGCU collected a total of four postseason honors between three Eagles. (Photos by Linwood Ferguson)

MACON, Ga. – After the most successful season in the history of the FGCU women’s tennis program since joining the Division I ranks in 2007-08, a trio of Eagles collected a total of four Atlantic Sun postseason honors, the league announced on Thursday afternoon.

Sophomore Sarah Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) was named to the All-Atlantic Sun second team in the No. 1 singles spot and the Academic All-Atlantic Sun Conference team, while freshmen Elizabeth Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) and Johanna Sterkel (Schwetzingen, Germany/Carl-Theodor-Schule HS) were both named to the All-Freshman team.

“Today I am beyond happy for Sarah, Elizabeth and Johanna,” said FGCU head coach Jennifer Gabou. “These three have represented us well and to be recognized by the conference in a field full of worthy nominees is a huge honor. They have done hours of extra work on their own and have been focused on their goals every step of the way. Picking up four A-Sun individual awards today is a special moment for our program.”

Sarah Means is no stranger to postseason conference honors, as her two from this season give her a total of four through two seasons after being named to the All-Atlantic Sun second team and the All-Freshman Team during her freshman season in 2011-12. Earlier this season, Means was named A-Sun Player of the Week on March 20 after going 3-0 the week prior. Majoring in Pre-Management, Means has posted a 3.96 GPA in her time at FGCU to make her stand out in the classroom as well as on the court.

“Once again, Sarah has picked up Atlantic Sun honors and I am very proud of her,” Gabou said. “She is such a self-motivated young woman and it is so incredible to see her hard work pay off both on the court with her second team accolades and in the classroom in making the All-Academic Team.”

The All-Freshman team honors collected by Means and Sterkel were well deserved by the duo that found a multitude of success on the singles and doubles courts throughout the 2012-13 season.

“With Elizabeth (unanimous selection) and Johanna making the All-Freshmen Team they have made FGCU history,” Gabou explained. “We have never had two receive this prestigious accolade and this is a testament to their immediate impact on the team. Every day they have come to practice with fantastic attitudes, ready to learn and give it their all. I am so grateful they have been recognized for their outstanding year.”

Earning the unanimous selection, Elizabeth Means posted a 14-3 singles record in the No. 5 spot on the singles court for FGCU to give an extremely strong round out to the lineup, while having gone 6-1 at the same spot in A-Sun competition. Means compiled an overall record of 23-8 in the 2013 spring season, giving her a .742 winning percentage with a strong finish to the season after going 8-1 in her last nine singles matches.

Sterkel has played multiple singles positions in the FGCU lineup and has recorded an overall singles record of 13-4 in dual match competition while going 5-2 in A-Sun play. In the No. 3 singles spot, Sterkel has gone 8-4 and in the No. 4 spot went 4-0 in 2013. Finishing the regular season strong, Sterkel went 7-2 in her last nine singles matches, including a victory in the No. 2 singles lineup.

By defeating Bethune-Cookman, 5-0, in the regular season finale on April 14, the Eagles collected their 11th win of the season, which set a Division I program record and marked the first winning season since joining the Division I ranks during the 2007-08 season.

The Eagles captured the No. 5 seed in their conference, placing them in an Atlantic Sun Championship quarterfinal matchup with No. 4 Stetson at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, April 19 in Johnson City, Tenn. on the home courts of ETSU.

Following the match, results and a recap from the dual match action will be available at www.FGCUATHLETICS.com.

2013 Atlantic Sun Conference Women’s Tennis Awards

Player of the Year: Lorena Aviles, North Florida
Freshman of the Year: Lyn Yee Choo, ETSU
Coach of the Year: Yaser Zaatini, ETSU

First Team All-Atlantic Sun
*Lorena Aviles, North Florida
Antonia Kolovou, ETSU
Lyn Yee Choo, ETSU
Giulia Andreazza, ETSU
Andrea Crespo, Stetson
Simona Weymar, North Florida
Virginie Stein, Kennesaw State
Alexandra Apostu 

Second Team All-Atlantic Sun
No. 1 – Sarah Means, FGCU
No. 2 – Sarah Lazarevic, Stetson
No. 3 – Diana Bukajeva, Stetson
No. 4 – Anna Gerbasi, ETSU
No. 5 – Melanie Aguirre, North Florida
No. 6 – Mariella Calderon, North Florida
No. 1 – Anna Gerbasi/Lyn Yee Choo, ETSU
No. 2 – Diana Bukajeva/Jen Miller, Stetson
No. 3 – Giulia Andreazza/Sofia Espana, ETSU
No. 3 – Marina Cunningham/Taylor Hollander, North Florida
A tie in standings resulted in two No. 3 doubles teams 

All-Freshman Team
*Lyn Yee Choo, ETSU
*Anna Gerbasi, ETSU
*Elizabeth Means, FGCU
*Marinella Calderon, North Florida
*Eveline Lepinay, Stetson
Johanna Sterkel, FGCU
Constanze Kuerten, USC Upstate
Andrea Crespo, Stetson 

Academic All-Atlantic Sun Conference Team
*Giulia Andreazza, ETSU
*Diana Bukajeva, Stetson
Sarah Means, FGCU
Alexandra Apostu, Kennesaw State
Virginie Stein, Kennesaw State
Simona Weymar, North Florida
Julie Bell, USC Upstate

*-Unanimous Choice