FGCU Finishes Regular Season with Sweep of Belmont, 7-0
Saturday, April 14, 2012 | by Justin Glover (@Jglove3)
Photo by Dennis Snyder
Photo by Dennis Snyder

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The FGCU women’s tennis team won every match in doubles and singles to sweep Atlantic Sun foe Belmont, 7-0, on Saturday at the Centennial Sportsplex.

The Eagles improve to 9-10 (6-3 A-Sun) on the season and Belmont falls to 5-13 (2-7 A-Sun). The Eagles clinched the No. 3 seed in the upcoming A-Sun tournament held in Johnson City, Tenn.

FGCU opened the match by winning all three doubles matches to lead 1-0 against the Bruins. The team of sophomore Bettina Botha (Cape Town, South Africa/DeKuilen HS) and freshman Sarah Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) won 8-5 against Natalia Nunes and Carolyn Caire at No. 3 doubles. Junior Morgan Bechtel (Toledo, Ohio/St. Ursula Academy) and freshman Marina Diez (Miami, Fla./West Broward HS) clinched the point with a 8-5 win against Nikki Maciel and Laura Stack, at No. 2 doubles.

In the final doubles match, senior Jen Evans (Fort Myers, Fla./Evangelical Christian HS) and sophomore Gyanna Mandic (Oshowa, Canada/Edison Academies) rallied from a 6-3 deficit to earn a hard fought 8-6 win against Fabiana Mersan and Catherine Holliday, at No. 1 doubles. Evans and Mandic won five straight games to complete the sweep in doubles.

In singles, Botha won in straight sets against Holliday, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 3 singles to give FGCU a 2-0 lead. Means defeated Maciel, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 1 singles, giving the Eagles a 3-0 advantage.

Evans earned the clinching point after a straight sets win against Caire, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 4 singles. Bechtel would outlast Mersan, 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 1-0 (10-5), at No. 2 singles. Bechtel dropped the second set tiebreaker but bounced back with a 10-5 win in the third set super tiebreaker.

Diez won her second straight match with a win against Nunes, 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-5), at No. 6 singles. Diez won the last two sets, including a super tiebreaker 10-5.

In the final match, Mandic won a tough third set super tiebreaker, 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8), at No. 5 singles. Mandic was able to pull out the super breaker 10-8 to complete the clean sweep.

In an exhibition match, freshman Zhoe Solaun (Gainesville, Fla./ F.W. Buchholz HS) defeated Abby Hogan, 7-5, 2-6, 1-0 (10-2). Solaun also won in a third set super tiebreaker 10-2, allowing the Eagles to finish the day perfect.

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

Florida Gulf Coast University 7, Belmont 0
Singles competition
1. Sarah Means (FGCU) def. Nikki Maciel (BELW) 6-0, 6-1
2. Morgan Bechtel (FGCU) def. Fabiana Mersan (BELW) 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 1-0 (10-5)
3. Bettina Botha (FGCU) def. Catherine Holliday (BELW) 6-1, 6-0
4. Jen Evans (FGCU) def. Carolyn Caire (BELW) 6-1, 6-2
5. Gyanna Mandic (FGCU) def. Laura Stack (BELW) 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8)
6. Marina Diez (FGCU) def. Natalia Nunes (BELW) 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-5)

Doubles competition
1. Gyanna Mandic/Jen Evans (FGCU) def. Fabiana Mersan/Catherine Holliday (BELW) 8-6
2. Morgan Bechtel/Marina Diez (FGCU) def. Nikki Maciel/Laura Stack (BELW) 8-5
3. Bettina Botha/Sarah Means (FGCU) def. Natalia Nunes/Carolyn Caire (BELW) 8-5

Match Notes:
Florida Gulf Coast University 9-10, 6-3 A-Sun
Belmont 5-13, 2-7 A-Sun
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,1,4,2,6,5)