ATHENS, Ga. –
After a disappointing opening day of the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championships hosted by the University of Georgia, the FGCU women’s tennis team bounced back in a big way on Saturday during singles action, led by the play of senior Iris Rendon (San Antonio, Texas/Tyler Junior College)
The Eagles produced a 4-3 singles record on the second day of the tournament with three of the four players picking up a win in the consolation bracket.
“I’m really proud of the way we rebounded from yesterday,” said head coach Jen Gabou. “All the girls battled hard today and each of them showed me something. Melissa and Morgan’s wins were great and I’m excited for Iris’ quarterfinal match tomorrow.”
Rendon began the 32-player singles consolation tournament against Central Florida’s Courtney Griffith, as the two battled for three sets. After opening with a 6-1 win in set one, Rendon dropped the second set, 2-6, before rallying to take the third and final set, 6-2.
Just minutes after picking up the win, Rendon returned for the second round against UNF’s Melanie Aguirre who defeated Muriel Wacker of Georgia Tech in the first round. Rendon made quick work of Aguirre, taking both sets 6-1, 6-1 to advance to the quarterfinals. Rendon will take the court again on Sunday against FIU’s Lisa Johnson at 10 a.m.
Sophomore Melissa Narzissenfeld (Tampa, Fla./Academy of the Holy Angels) opened her day with a big win over Florida State’s Manon Veldman in the first round of the consolation bracket. Narzissenfeld took down Veldman in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1, before falling to Georgia Tech’s Christine Ngo.
The fourth singles victory of the day came from sophomore Morgan Bechtel (Toledo, Ohio/St. Ursula Academy), who defeated Georgia Southern’s Melanie Rolle in straight sets, 6-0, 6-3. Betchel squared off against FIU’s Rita Maisak in round two and dropped a hard-fought 1-6, 6-2, 3-6 match.
SINGLES CONSOLATION DRAW (SATURDAY RESULTS)
Iris Rendon (FGCU) def. Courtney Smith (UC) – 6-1, 2-6, 6-2
Iris Rendon (FGCU) def. Melanie Aguirre (UNF) – 6-1, 6-1
Melissa Narzissenfeld (FGCU) def. Manon Veldman (FSU) – 6-0, 6-1
Christine Ngo (GT) def. Melissa Narzissenfeld (FGCU) – 6-0, 6-0
Morgan Bechtel (FGCU) def. Melanie Rolle (Georgia Southern) – 6-0, 6-3
Rita Maisak (FIU) def. Morgan Bechtel (FGCU) – 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
Rita Maisak (FIU) def. Gyanna Mandic (FGCU) – 1-6, 6-2, 6-3