FORT MYERS, Fla. – Needing one victory in the final two matches, the FGCU women’s tennis team is hoping to clinch its first-ever berth into the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament this weekend. The Eagles head to Nashville to face Lipscomb on Friday, April 13 at the Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center at 2 p.m. and finish against Belmont on Saturday at the Centennial Sportsplex at 9 a.m.
The Eagles are 7-10 (4-3 A-Sun) on the season and tied for fourth in the A-Sun standings with Stetson, who they defeated 4-3 last weekend at the FGCU Tennis Complex. FGCU would win tiebreakers in the standings over Stetson, Kennesaw State and Jacksonville.
The Green and Blue are led by freshman Sarah Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) at No. 1 singles, followed by junior Morgan Bechtel (Toledo, Ohio/St. Ursula Academy) at No. 2 singles. Senior Jen Evans (Fort Myers, Fla./Evangelical Christian HS) and sophomore Bettina Botha (Cape Town, South Africa/DeKuilen HS) play at the No. 3 and No. 4 positions, respectively.
FGCU rounds out its singles lineup with freshman Marina Diez (Miami, Fla./West Broward HS) and sophomore Gyanna Mandic (Oshowa, Canada/Edison Academies) at No. 5 and No. 6.
In doubles, the team of Evans and Mandic are at No. 1, followed by Bectel and Diez at No. 2. The squad of Botha and Means are at the No. 3 doubles position for the Eagles.
Lipscomb is 4-13 with a 1-6 A-Sun record and is coming off a 6-1 setback against Jacksonville on Friday, April 6. The Bison are led by Deahna Welcher, who has a 5-11 dual match record, including a 1-5 mark in conference at No. 2 singles.
Belmont (5-11, 2-5 A-Sun) has lost five straight matches with their last conference victory coming against Mercer (5-2) on Mar. 23. The Bruins are led by Carolyn Caire, who has a 7-9 dual match record and a 3-4 A-Sun mark at mostly No. 4 singles.
Results from the match will be available at www.FGCUAthletics.com at the conclusion of the competition.