FGCU Opens Fall Season at UCF Invitational
Friday, September 28, 2012 | by Patrick Pierson (@pierson_sid)
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Photo by Dennis Snyder
Photo by Dennis Snyder

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Returning five of six starters from last year’s squad that won a program Division I record 10 matches and finished third in the Atlantic Sun, the FGCU women’s tennis team starts its 2012 Fall campaign on Friday at the three-day UCF Invitational.

FGCU along with host UCF, Marquette and fellow A-Sun member Stetson will play one doubles and one singles match each day. Doubles play will start each day followed by a 10-minute break before singles. A full schedule of the weekend matchups is below.

The Eagles advanced to the semifinals of their first-ever A-Sun Tournament after earning the No. 3 seed due to their 6-3 conference mark in the regular season. FGCU not only excelled on the court but in the classroom, evident by their ITA All-Academic Team award. The 2011-12 eight-player roster carried an impressive 3.62 combined GPA.

FGCU No. 1 singles player throughout A-Sun play, sophomore Sarah Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) highlights the group of five returning starters after she was named to the All-Conference second team and All-Freshmen squad. Senior Morgan Bechtel (Toledo, Ohio/St. Ursula Academy) and junior Bettina Both (Cape Town, South Africa/De Kuilen HS) both went 6-3 in A-Sun matches a year ago and were named to the inaugural A-Sun Academic All-Conference team.

FGCU will open Friday with doubles play against UCF followed by single against Stetson. A full recap of each day can be found on www.FGCUATHLETICS.com.

UCF Fall Invitational Full Schedule
Friday, Sept. 28 (Begins at 10 a.m.)
Doubles
FGCU vs. UCF
Marquette vs. Stetson
Singles
FGCU vs. Stetson
Marquette vs. UCF

Saturday, Sept. 29 (Begins at 10 a.m.)
Doubles
Stetson vs. UCF
FGCU vs. Marquette
Singles
FGCU vs. UCF
Stetson vs. Marquette

Sunday, Sept. 30 (Begins at 9 a.m.)
Doubles
Marquette vs. UCF
FGCU vs. Stetson
Singles
Marquette vs. FGCU
Stetson vs. UCF