Women's Tennis Drops Final Non-Conference Match to Binghamton, 6-1
Sunday, April 08, 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 finished its final non-conference match with a setback to Binghamton, 6-1, on Sunday at the FGCU Tennis Complex.

FGCU falls to 7-10 (4-3 A-Sun) on the season, while Binghamton improves to 7-11.

In doubles, the Green and Blue lost a very competitive doubles point falling in all three matches. At No. 1 doubles, the team of sophomore Gyanna Mandic (Oshowa, Canada/Edison Academies) and senior Jen Evans (Fort Myers, Fla./Evangelical Christian HS) lost 8-5 against Marina Bykovskaya and Katherine Medianik. The team of sophomore Bettina Botha (Cape Town, South Africa/DeKuilen HS) and freshman Sarah Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) battled to a tough 9-7 loss against Emma Leibowicz and Taylor Hollander, at No. 3 doubles.

In the final doubles match, junior Morgan Bechtel (Toledo, Ohio/St. Ursula Academy) and freshman Marina Diez (Miami, Fla./West Broward HS) lost a tiebreaker 9-8 (7-4) against Jillian Santos and Missy Edelblum, at No. 2 doubles.

In singles, the Eagles tied the match at 1-1 when Mandic won in straight sets against Edelblum, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 6 singles.

The Bearcats took the lead with victory at No. 3 singles as Bykovskaya defeated Evans, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5, at No. 3 singles. At No. 5 singles, Leibowicz won against Diez in the third set, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, to give Binghamton a 3-1 lead.

Binghamton’s Medianik clinched the match with a straight sets win against Botha, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 4 singles. The Bearcats would win the final two matches at No. 2 and No. 1 singles. Hollander defeated Bechtel, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, at No. 2 and Santos outlasted Means in the third set, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2, at No. 1.

Results and recaps will be available on www.FGCUathletics.com after each match this season.

Binghamton 6, Florida Gulf Coast University 1
Singles competition
1. Jillian Santos (BING) def. Sarah Means (FGCU) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
2. Taylor Hollander (BING) def. Morgan Bechtel (FGCU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
3. Marina Bykovskaya (BING) def. Jen Evans (FGCU) 7-6 (7-4), 7-5
4. Katherine Medianik (BING) def. Bettina Botha (FGCU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Emma Leibowicz (BING) def. Marina Diez (FGCU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
6. Gyanna Mandic (FGCU) def. Missy Edelblum (BING) 6-1, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Marina Bykovskaya/Katherine Medianik (BING) def. Gyanna Mandic/Jen Evans (FGCU) 8-5
2. Jillian Santos/Missy Edelblum (BING) def. Marina Diez/Morgan Bechtel (FGCU) 9-8 (7-4)
3. Emma Leibowicz/Taylor Hollander (BING) def. Sarah Means/Bettina Botha (FGCU) 9-7

Match Notes:
Binghamton 6-11
Florida Gulf Coast University 7-10, 4-3
A-Sun Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,3,5,4,2,1)