FORT MYERS, Fla. – After waiting through a two-hour rain delay this morning, the FGCU women’s tennis team picked up some key victories in the second day of the Hilton Garden Inn Eagle Invite. The Eagles will have a doubles team and a singles player competing in consolation finals tomorrow.
In Flight 2 doubles, the team of Priscillia Villemond (Les Bordes, France) and Jessica Sweeting (Freeport, Bahamas) quickly lost ground against Rubesova/Nedorostova of Northwestern State, falling behind 2-6, only to fight back and win the match, 9-7. “Prisci and Jess started slow against Northwestern State but dug deep to pull out a great victory,” said head coach Jennifer Gabou. The Eagles will be facing the duo of Day/Holton from Atlantic Sun foe North Florida in the finals of Flight 2 consolation tomorrow morning.
In Flight 3 doubles, the duo of Farah Leclercq (Ocala, Fla.) and Bibiana Almeida (Porto, Portugal) lost to Bleakley/Christensen of Missouri 8-3, while in Flight 4 the team of Melissa Narzissenfeld (Tampa, Fla.) and Morgan Bechtel (Toledo, Ohio) were beaten in the finals by Missouri’s tandem of Lewis/Modesto 8-3.
FGCU’s Iris Rendon (San Antonio, Tex.) and Eva Sambrano (Tampa, Fla.) defeated Colic/Peters of Northwestern State, 8-2, to win the Flight 4 Doubles consolation. “We have some fairly new doubles combinations and to see them have success today and play better was a step in the right direction,” said Coach Gabou.
In singles action, sophomore Katherine Evans (Fort Myers, Fla.) defeated Northwestern State’s Bianca Schulz, 6-1, 7-6 (3), to advance to the finals of the Flight 6 consolation bracket.
Flight 1 singles will have an all-South Florida Bulls final with Ecaterina Vasenina of USF advancing with a win over Florida A&M’s Rachel Pye, 7-6 (5), 6-3. The Bulls’ Irene Rehberger will join her in the finals after defeating Zara Hrutyunyan of Akron in a hard fought match, 1-6, 6-3, 10-5.
Flight 2 singles looks to have a competitive final as neither finalist, Melissa Koning (USF) and Angelina Jogasuri (Akron), has lost a set in the tournament thus far.
The final day of the Hilton Garden Eagle Invite will begin tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. Play will open with all doubles matches, to be followed by singles action. All matches will be played at the FGCU Tennis Complex, and admission is free to the public.