FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s tennis team earned a victory at No. 1 singles from freshman Sarah Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) but were defeated by in-state foe UCF, 6-1, on Saturday afternoon at the FGCU Tennis Complex. The Eagles fall to 1-2 on the season and UCF improves to 3-5 with the victory.
In doubles, FGCU picked up a victory at No. 2 doubles when the team of Sophomore Gyanna Mandic (Oshowa, Canada/Edison Academies) and Jen Evans (Fort Myers, Fla./Evangelical Christian HS) defeated Jenna Doerfler and Courtney Griffith, 8-6.
FGCU lost the next two doubles matches to fall behind 1-0 in the match. At No. 1 doubles, Genevieve Lorbergs and Alexis Rodriguez defeated junior Morgan Bechtel (Toledo, Ohio/St. Ursula Academy) and freshman Marina Diez (Miami, Fla./West Broward HS), 8-0. At No. 3 doubles, Andrea Yacaman and Taylor Dubins won 8-4 over sophomore Bettina Botha (Cape Town, South Africa/DeKuilen HS) and Means.
In singles action, UCF built its lead to 3-0 after earning wins at No. 3 and No. 2 singles in straight sets. The Knights clinched the match as Andrea Yacaman won in straight sets against freshman Zhoe Solaun (Gainesville, Fla./Bucholz HS), 6-1, 6-3, at No. 6 singles.
Means got FGCU on the board with a three set win against Genevieve Lorbergs, 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-6), at No. 1 singles. Means won the match in a super tiebreaker outlasting Lorbergs, 10-7.
Mandic lost in straight sets to UCF’s Courtney Griffith, 7-5, 6-1 at No. 5 singles and Bechtel lost a tough match in three sets to Josephine Hardaldson, 3-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-5), at No. 4 singles to give UCF the 6-1 win.
The Green and Blue return to the court next week against in-state foe USF on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. in Tampa, Fla.
Results and recaps will be available on www.FGCUathletics.com after each match this season.
UCF 6, FGCU 1
1. Sarah Means (FGCU) def. Genevieve Lorbergs (UCF) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7)
2. Alexis Rodriguez (UCF) def. Jen Evans (FGCU) 6-2, 6-3
3. Taylor Dubins (UCF) def. Marina Diez (FGCU) 6-0, 6-0
4. Josephine Haraldson (UCF) def. Morgan Bechtel (FGCU) 3-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-5)
5. Courtney Griffith (UCF) def. Gyanna Mandic (FGCU) 7-5, 6-1
6. Andrea Yacaman (UCF) def. Zhoe Solaun (FGCU) 6-1, 6-3
1. Genevieve Lorbergs/Alexis Rodriguez (UCF) def. Morgan Bechtel/Marina Diez (FGCU) 8-0
2. Gyanna Mandic/Jen Evans (FGCU) def. Jenna Doerfler/Courtney Griffith (UCF) 8-6
3. Andrea Yacaman/Taylor Dubins (UCF) def. Sarah Means/Bettina Botha (FGCU) 8-4