MACON, Ga. – In Atlantic Sun Conference action, the FGCU women’s tennis team earned a 4-3 victory over Mercer on Saturday in Macon, Ga. The Eagles swept the opening doubles point and earned victories from senior Iris Rendon (San Antonio, Texas/Tyler Junior College), junior Jen Evans (Fort Myers, Fla./Evangelical Christian HS) and freshman Gyanna Mandic (Oshowa, Canada/Edison Academies) in singles action.
Following the win, the Eagles improved to 5-5 (2-3 A-Sun) on the year, while Mercer dropped to 2-8 (0-4 A-Sun) on the spring.
The Eagles took the opening doubles point by sweeping the trio of matches on the afternoon. The team of Rendon and freshman Bettina Botha (Cape Town, South Africa/De Kuilen HS) defeated Mercer’s Jennifer Lada and Aurelie de Montjou in straight sets, 8-0, and Mandic and sophomore Morgan Bechtel (Toledo, Ohio/St. Ursula Academy) turned away Amalia Bugge and Lucie Payrat, 8-3. Also earning a straight-sets victory, sophomore Bibiana Almeida (Porto, Portugal/Schiller International School) and Evans picked up the victory over the Bears’ Sarah Hanna and Amanda Bertani, 8-0.
In singles action, the Blue and Green grabbed three additional points courtesy of Rendon, Evans and Mandic. In No. 2 singles, Rendon defeated Montjou, 7-6, 6-2, and Evans followed with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Hanna in the No. 5 position. Mandic rounded out the Eagles scoring with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Bertoni in the No. 6 spot.
Bechtel played a very close match against Lada at the No. 1 singles position. Bechtel's ascent to the top of the FGCU lineup is a rarity at the Division I level, and her record moved to 8-2 after today's loss in the closely contested 4-6, 6-2, 16-14 No. 1 singles matchup.
The Eagles land back at home for a dual match with visiting George Washington on Monday, March 14 beginning at 3 p.m. Results and recaps from the competition will be available at www.FGCUAthletics.com following the match.
1. Rendon and Botha (FGCU) def. Lada and Montjou (Mercer), 8-0
2. Mandic and Bechtel (FGCU) def. Bugge and Payrat (Mercer), 8-3
3. Almeida and Evans (FGCU) def. Hanna and Bertani (Mercer), 8-0
1. Lada (Mercer) def. Bechtel (FGCU), 4-6, 6-2, 16-14
2. Rendon (FGCU) def. Montjou (Mercer), 7-6, 6-2
3. Bugge (Mercer) def. Botha (FGCU), 7-5, 6-3
4. Payrat (Mercer) def. Almeida (FGCU), 6-1, 6-0
5. Evans (FGCU) def. Hanna (Mercer), 6-1, 6-2 }
6. Mandic (FGCU) def. Bertani (Mercer), 6-0, 6-3