Women's Tennis Ready for Road Test Against USC-Upstate and ETSU
Thursday, March 22, 2012 | by Justin Glover (@Jglove3)
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Photo by Dennis Snyder
Photo by Dennis Snyder

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s tennis team looks to stay unbeaten in Atlantic Sun conference play against USC-Upstate and ETSU this weekend. The Eagles head to Spartanburg, S.C. on Friday, March 23 for a 10 a.m. match against the Spartans and finish the weekend against the Bucs on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Johnson City, Tenn.

FGCU is 5-6 (2-0 A-Sun) on the season with wins over Bethune-Cookman (6-1), Kennesaw State (4-3), Villanova (6-1), Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (6-1) and Mercer (7-0). The Eagles recently swept the Bears to improve to 2-0 in the A-Sun.

The Eagles are led by freshman Sarah Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) at No. 1 singles, followed by senior Jen Evans (Fort Myers, Fla./Evangelical Christian HS) at No. 2 singles. Freshman Marina Diez (Miami, Fla./West Broward HS) and junior Morgan Bechtel (Toledo, Ohio/St. Ursula Academy) play at the No. 3 and No. 4 positions, respectively. The Green and Blue round out their lineup in singles with sophomore Bettina Botha (Cape Town, South Africa/DeKuilen HS) and classmate Gyanna Mandic (Oshowa, Canada/Edison Academies) at No. 5 and No. 6 singles.

In doubles, the team of Bechtel and Diez are at No. 1 doubles, followed by Evans and Mandic at No. 2 doubles. The squad of Botha and Means are at the No. 3 doubles position for the Eagles.

USC-Upstate is 3-11 on the season, including a 0-2 record in the A-Sun. The Spartans lost to Jacksonville (6-1) and UNF (6-1) last weekend. The Spartans are led by Isabel von Stryk, who has a 4-10 dual match record at No. 1 singles. Last year, FGCU defeated USC-Upstate 6-1 at the FGCU Tennis Complex.

ETSU (4-7, 1-1 A-Sun) returns home after going 1-1 in Jacksonville last weekend with a 6-1 win against Jacksonville and a 6-1 loss against North Florida to open A-Sun play for the Buccaneers. ETSU is led by Paula Jamie, who has a 5-6 dual match record, including a 4-4 mark at No. 1 singles.

Results from the match will be available at www.FGCUAthletics.com at the conclusion of the competition.