@FGCU_WTEN Ends Home Play And Honors Seniors This Weekend
Thursday, March 27, 2014 | by Sara Roberts (@Srob__)
Seniors Bettina Botha and Gyanna Mandic
Seniors Bettina Botha and Gyanna Mandic

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Looking to protect The Nest for the last time this season, the FGCU women’s tennis team welcomes Kennesaw State on Friday at 11 a.m. and Mercer the next evening for Senior Night at 6 p.m. in the Eagles final weekend at the FGCU Tennis Complex for the 2014 season.

“The ladies are looking forward to competing this weekend and are determined to end play at home on a high note,” head coach Courtney Vernon said. “With only four matches left in the regular season we have a great opportunity to begin a strong finish as we host Kennesaw State and Mercer. We are very excited for this special weekend, especially as we get to honor Bettina and Gyanna with Senior Night on Saturday.”

Before their first serve on Saturday night, the Eagles will honor their two seniors and recognize the impact they have made on the program. Since joining the Green and Blue in 2010, Bettina Botha (Cape Town, South Africa/De Kuilen HS) and Gyanna Mandic (Oshowa, Canada/Edison Academies) have helped the Eagles achieve some of the program’s most memorable accomplishments. Over their careers the pair of seniors has aided in getting FGCU its inaugural winning season in Division I, back-to-back A-Sun tournament appearances and its first postseason victory.

Competing at The Nest 11 times this spring, the Eagles have proven there really is no place like home as they have celebrated a win at the FGCU Tennis Complex seven times. Holding an overall record of 9-7, the Green and Blue are 2-2 in Atlantic Sun play, with wins over Stetson and USC Upstate, and losses to North Florida and ETSU. Their last time out, the Eagles pulled a dominant 6-1 victory over the University of Albany, with wins in seven of the nine matches.

Kennesaw State travels to Fort Myers sitting at 4-6 overall with a 1-1 mark in the conference after sweeping Northern Kentucky and falling, 5-2, to Lipscomb. The Owls enter the weekend looking to rebound from a 4-3 loss to Chattanooga their last time out on Mar.20. FGCU leads the all-time series at 4-2 having won the two previous head-to-head matchups; with the most recent being the Eagles’ 4-1 win in last year’s dual match.

With an overall mark of 8-9, Mercer travels to the Sunshine State looking to keep its perfect 2-0 record in the A-Sun intact with matches at Stetson on Friday and FGCU Saturday. The Bears began conference play beating Lipscomb, 4-2, and NKU, 5-2, and are riding a three-match unbeaten streak after their two conference wins and a 4-3 victory over Western Carolina.  With the Eagles holding a 5-1 all-time advantage over the Bears, the last meeting between the two saw a 4-0 sweep by FGCU, in what was the Eagles first road-match of the 2013 season. In 2012 Mercer shutout FGCU, 7-0, to tally its first win in series history and put an end to the four-match win streak the Eagles once held.

After playing host this weekend, the Eagles will hit the road facing NKU on April 4 at 11 a.m., and Lipscomb on April 5 at 10 a.m. For complete coverage of FGCU women’s tennis over the weekend, follow us on Twitter @FGCU_WTEN and visit www.FGCUAthletics.com where full recaps and results will be available at the end of each day.