FORT MYERS, Fla. – In a gutsy effort, the FGCU women’s tennis team pulled out a 4-3 victory over George Washington on Monday afternoon at the FGCU Tennis Complex. The dual came down to the No. 6 singles match, as freshman Gyanna Mandic (Oshowa, Canada/Edison Academies) secured the Eagles’ victory with a three-set win.
The victory makes it two straight for the Eagles as their record moved to 6-5 (2-3 A-Sun) on the spring season. George Washington dropped its second straight contest as its record went to 6-3 this season.
"This was a huge win for our team today and they played some very big time tennis,” said third-year head coach Jennifer Gabou. “They fought like crazy against a talented opponent and I am very proud of the way they competed."
In some tightly contested doubles matches to start the afternoon, the Eagles lost the opening doubles point. In the lone doubles win, the FGCU pair of Mandic and sophomore Morgan Bechtel (Toledo, Ohio/St. Ursula Academy) turned away the GW duo of Jacqueline Corba and Jennifer Hirsh,9-7, in the No. 2 matchup. The team of senior Iris Rendon (San Antonio, Texas/Tyler Junior College) and freshman Bettina Botha (Cape Town, South Africa/De Kuilen HS) dropped a hard-fought 9-7 battle to GW’s Mimi Hamling and Zoe Krohn in the No. 1 spot, and sophomore Bibiana Almeida (Porto, Portugal/Schiller International School) and junior Jen Evans (Fort Myers, Fla./Evangelical Christian HS) were defeated by Leah Pascakella and Isabella Escobar, 8-4, at No. 3.
As their attention turned to singles action, the Blue and Green earned victories in four of the six contests. Rendon and Botha put the Eagles on the board with victories in the No. 2 and No. 3 positions, respectively. Rendon defeated Pascarella, 7-5, 6-3, and Both followed with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Hamling. Evans recorded a 6-3, 7-6 decision over Hirsh at the No. 4 spot, leveling the match at 3-3 with the No. 6 contest still to be decided.
It all came down to Mandic's court to clinch the win for the Eagles. Holding her nerves through the three-set battle, the freshman pulled through with a 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 outcome over Tyner, securing the dual victory for the Blue and Green.
The Eagles now turn their attention to Atlantic Sun Conference action, hosting a pair of duals at the FGCU Tennis Complex. Belmont (5-7, 1-2 A-Sun) travels to Fort Myers for a Thursday afternoon meeting beginning at 3 p.m. On Saturday, the Eagles will square off at 11 a.m. with Lipscomb, who takes its 2-8 (1-2 A-Sun) record to Stetson on Thursday.
Results and recaps from the both competitions will be available at www.FGCUAthletics.com following each match.
1. Hamling and Zoe Krohn (GW) def. Rendon and Botha (FGCU), 9-7
2. Mandic and Bechtel (FGCU) def. Corba and Hirsh (GW), 9-7
3. Pascakella and Isabella Escobar (GW) def. Almeida and Evans (FGCU), 8-4
1. Jacqueline Corba (GW) def. Morgan Bechtel (FGCU), 7-5, 6-4
2. Iris Rendon (FGCU) def. Leah Pascarella (GW), 7-5, 6-3
3. Bettina Botha (FGCU) def. Mimi Hamling (GW), 6-2, 6-4
4. Jen Evans (FGCU) def. Jennifer Hirsh (GW), 6-3, 7-6
5. Dorota Lysienia (GW) def. Bibiana Almeida (FGCU), 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
6. Gyanna Mandic (FGCU) def. Meg Tyner (GW,) 7-6, 3-6, 6-4