Women's Tennis Upsets No. 14 Rollins
FORT MYERS, Fla. - In a match that lasted over four hours, it was the final few minutes that mattered most. FGCU sophomore Brett Kinley picked up a grueling three-set win in the final singles match of the day to give the No. 21 Eagles a 5-4 upset win over the No. 14 Rollins Tars at the FGCU Tennis Complex.
After dropping the first set in a tiebreaker, Kinley (Boynton Beach, Fla.) won the second set in a tie-breaker before holding off the Tars’ Cassie Webster 6-4 in the final set. With the victory, Kinley improves to 8-3 in singles action.
FGCU (11-4) won three of the final four singles matches to win for the sixth time in its last seven matches, posting its third win over a ranked opponent in that stretch.
Juniors Jonalea Hileman (Fort Worth, Texas) and Krista Polulak (Sarasota, Fla.) were both straight sets winners at No. 3 and No. 5 singles respectively.
The Eagles picked up a pair of wins in doubles play, including an 8-1 win by sophomore Maria Braniecka (Piotrowek, Poland) and Hileman at No.1 over the seventh-ranked tandem of Tasi Purcell and Marnie Mahler, who lost for just the third time this season. Polulak and sophomore Maria Maggiorini (Buenos Aires, Argentina) were 8-3 winners at No. 2 doubles and improved to 11-4 on the year.
FGCU returns to action on Friday when they travel to No. 9 Nova Southeastern in a key regional match-up.