FORT MYERS, Fla. – On a rain soaked afternoon at the FGCU Tennis Complex, the FGCU women’s tennis team competed in the final day of the FGCU-Hilton Garden Inn Invitational. Although many of the matches were cancelled due to the weather, the Blue and Green were still able to earn a pair of doubles victories and a singles win from sophomore Bibiana Almeida (Porto, Portugal/Schiller International School).
“All-in-all I saw a lot of encouraging play on the courts today, and throughout the weekend,” said FGCU head coach Jennifer Gabou. “We have a couple of good weeks of practice to put in before our first match against FAU and I am looking forward to starting the season.”
The Eagles that were able to compete notched a few wins including Almeida’s defeat of No. 50 Purdue’s Kirsten Magi, 7-5, 6-3, to take fifth place in the Flight 8 singles draw. FGCU was able to bring their singles win total to six, including a trio against members from nationally-ranked programs (No. 50 Purdue and two against No. 66 North Texas).
FGCU’s doubles tandem of freshmen Bettina Botha (Cape Town, South Africa/De Kuilen HS) and Gyanna Mandic (Oshowa, Canada/Edison Academies) defeated Atlantic Sun Conference rivals Jen Miller and Susana Aguirre of Stetson, 8-4, for seventh place in Flight 4. Additionally, Almeida claimed another victory in her doubles pairing with sophomore Melissa Narzissenfeld (Tampa, Fla./Academy of Holy Names), winning out over the defending A-Sun Championship duo of Victoria Krook and Melinda Doak of No. 70 UNF, 8-6, taking second place in Flight 5.
Preparation now turns toward the Blue and Green’s Feb. 12 meeting with FAU in Boca Raton, Fla. at 2 p.m. Results and recaps of the event will be available at FGCUAthletics.com following the day’s competition.
FGCU Doubles Results
Berkenbrock and Aguirre (UNF) def. Rendon and Bechtel (FGCU), 8-2 (7th place)
Botha and Mandic (FGCU) def. Miller and Aguirre (SU), 8-4 (7th place)
Almeida and Narzissenfeld (FGCU) def. Krook and Doak (UNF), 8-6 (2nd place)
FGCU Singles Results
Rendon (FGCU) vs. Gunning (SU), DNP (7th place)
Bechtel (FGCU) vs. Schulz (NWS), DNP (5th place)
Narzissenfeld (FGCU) vs. Mahajaroenkul (WSU), DNP (3rd place)
Almeida (FGCU) def. Magi (Purdue), 7-5, 4-6, (10-8) (5th place)
Mandic (FGCU) vs. Botha (FGCU), DNP (3rd place)
Colbath (FGCU) vs. Pyne (USF), DNP