#7 Rollins Blanks FGCU Women's Tennis
WINTER PARK, Fla. – Rollins won their fifth straight and halted Florida Gulf Coast’s six game streak with a 9-0 non-conference victory on Monday night. The seventh ranked Tars improve to 10-3 on the season while the 33rd ranked Eagles fall to 11-7.
Rollins took control early, sweeping doubles competition to take a 3-0 lead. The tenth ranked team of Tasi Purcell and Marnie Mahler defeated freshman Maria Testa Maggiorini 8-3 in the No. 1 match to get the Tars started. Soni Bernal and Silvia Frandji downed senior Izabela Ciesinska and sophomore Jonalea Hileman 8-4 in the No. 2 match while Tricia Gehret and Kat Hamlin defeated senior Angie Mykieta and freshman Brett Kinley by the same score at No. 3 doubles.
The singles competition was a battle as three matches went to a tiebreaker, but all ended in favor of the Tars. Gehret and Hamlin won their matches in straight sets as Gehret beat sophomore Krista Polulak 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 4 match and Hamlin downed freshman Lesley Anne Passolt 6-2, 6-3 in No. 6 singles. Twelfth ranked Purcell won the No. 1 match over Maggiorini 7-5, 7-5 while partner and 16th ranked Mahler took care of No. 2 singles 6-4, 3-6 (10-5) over Hileman.
Bernal had to go to a tiebreaker at No. 3 singles, but scored a 6-1, 7-6(1) win over Ciesinska. Frandji also posted a victory for Rollins, defeating Mykieta 2-6, 6-4 (10-6) at the No. 5 position.
FGCU is back in action on Thursday, March 31 when they meet Northwood (Mich.) at 1:30 p.m. in Lakeland.
1. Tasi Purcell (RC) def. Maria Testa Maggiorini (FGCU) 7-5, 7-5
2. Marnie Mahler (RC) def. Jonalea Hileman (FGCU) 6-4, 3-6 (10-5)
3. Soni Bernal (RC) def. Izabela Ciesinska (FGCU) 6-1, 7-6 (1)
4. Tricia Gehret (RC) def. Krista Polulak (FGCU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Silvia Frandji (RC) def. Angie Mykieta (FGCU) 2-6, 6-4 (10-6)
6. Kat Hamlin (RC) def. Lesley Anne Passolt (FGCU) 6-2, 6-3
1. Purcell/Mahler (RC) def. Maggiorini/Polulak (FGCU) 8-3
2. Bernal/Frandji (RC) def. Ciesinska/Hileman (FGCU) 8-4
3. Gehret/Hamlin (RC) def. Mykieta/Brett Kinley (FGCU) 8-4
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