Women's Tennis Falls to UCF, 6-1
Saturday, February 18, 2012 | by Justin Glover (@Jglove3)
Photo by Dennis Snyder
Photo by Dennis Snyder

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.

Singles competition
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

Doubles competition
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

Match Notes:
UCF 3-5
FGCU 1-2