STATESBORO, Ga. – On a rainy Wednesday afternoon in Statesboro, Ga., the FGCU women’s tennis team fell in a dual meeting with Georgia Southern, 5-1. Freshman Bettina Botha (Cape Town, South Africa/De Kuilen HS) tallied the Eagles’ lone score in the contest.
Leveling their record, the Blue and Green went to 4-4 (1-2 A-Sun) on the season, while Georgia Southern improved to 4-4 this spring.
With inclement weather forecasted in the area, the teams opened the contest with singles action. In the three-set No. 3 singles match, Botha turned away GSU’s Melanie Rolle, 7-6, 1-6, 6-2, to give the Eagles their only point of the afternoon. Freshman Gyanna Mandic (Oshowa, Canada/Edison Academies) lost a hard-fought three-setter, falling to Ashley Hungerford, 5-7, 6-1, 6-0, in the No. 5 position.
Due to the rain, the schools were unable to participate in doubles play as Georgia Southern earned the 5-1 victory.
The Eagles return to Atlantic Sun Conference play for their next two outings, traveling for a pair of dual contests over the weekend. The Blue and Green will take to the courts with Kennesaw State in Kennesaw, Ga. on Friday, March 11 at 11 a.m. and follow with a Saturday, March 12 match with Mercer in Macon, Ga. at 10 a.m. Results and recaps from the A-Sun competitions will be available at www.FGCUAthletics.com following each match.
1. Paola Garrido (GSU) def. Iris Rendon (FGCU), 6-3, 6-3
2. Ali Beavers (GSU) def. Morgan Bechtel (FGCU), 6-2, 6-1
3. Bettina Botha (FGCU) def. Melanie Rolle (GSU), 7-6, 1-6, 6-2
4. Natalie Maffett (GSU) def. Bibiana Almeida (FGCU), 6-2, 6-0
5. Ashley Hungerford (GSU) def. Gyanna Mandic (FGCU), 5-7, 6-1, 6-0
6. Alessandra Dzuba (GSU) def. Jen Evans (FGCU), 6-4, 6-3