FORT MYERS, Fla. – A successful first day at the FGCU-Hilton Garden Inn Invitational opened the 2011 spring season for the FGCU women’s tennis team on Saturday at the FGCU Tennis Complex. Sophomore Melissa Narzissenfeld (Tampa, Fla./Academy of Holy Names) and freshmen Gyanna Mandic (Oshowa, Canada/Edison Academies) and Bettina Botha (Cape Town, South Africa/De Kuilen HS) each picked up singles victories on the afternoon.
"We got rid of some of the rust today and had some pretty nice wins with Melissa, Bettina, and Gyanna in singles,” said third-year FGCU head coach Jennifer Gabou. “Tomorrow will be another good test of their skill and desire. Overall it was not a bad start to the 2011 Season."
In singles action, Narzissenfeld picked up an excellent win over No. 66 North Texas' Isabel Bos, 6-1, 6-0, in flight seven and was followed by with a pair of wins in flight nine by Mandic and Botha. Mandic took down Gabi Duncan of Louisville, 7-5, 6-4, while Botha defeated Northwestern State’s Dragana Colic, 4-6, 6-2 (10-4).
The Blue and Green were slightly less fortunate in the day’s double play, falling in their trio of matches on the opening day. The Louisville pair of Amelia Harris and Stefanie Villajuan outlasted FGCU’s duo of senior Iris Rendon (San Antonio, Texas/Tyler Junior College) and sophomore Morgan Bechtel (Toledo, Ohio/St. Ursula Academy), 8-1, in flight two. Flight four saw Botha and Mandic fall to No. 25 Illinois’ Leigh Finnegan and Amy Allin, 8-5, and Northwestern State’s Ana Jan and Dragana Colic defeated FGCU’s tandem of sophomore Bibiana Almeida (Porto, Portugal/Schiller International School) and Narzissenfeld, 8-2, in flight five.
Day two of the FGCU-Hilton Garden Inn Invitational will get underway again on Sunday with doubles play beginning at 8 a.m. and singles action to follow. Singles matches consist of a best of three format with a 10-point breaker for the third set. Each doubles match plays an eight-game pro set.
FGCU Doubles Results
Harris and Villajuan (Louisville) def. Rendon and Bechtel (FGCU), 8-1
Finnegan and Allin (Illinois) def. Botha and Mandic (FGCU), 8-5
Ana and Dragana (NWS) def. Almeida and Narzissenfeld (FGCU), 8-2
FGCU Singles Results
Barbora Vykydalova (NT) def. Iris Rendon (FGCU), 6-7, 6-0 (12-10)
Allison Falkin (Illinois) def. Morgan Bechtel (FGCU), 6-2, 6-1
Melissa Narzissenfeld (FGCU) def. Isabel Bos (NT), 6-1, 6-0
Leigh Finnegan (Illinois) def. Bibiana Almeida (FGCU), 6-1, 7-5
Gyanna Mandic (FGCU) def. Gabi Duncan (Louisville), 7-5, 6-4
Bettina Botha (FGCU) def. Dragana Colic (NWS), 4-6, 6-2 (10-4)
Susana Aguirre (Stetson) def. Kelly Colbath (FGCU), 6-0, 6-0