ORLANDO, Fla. – Sophomore Sarah Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) and freshman Elizabeth Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) each picked up singles wins and teamed for a doubles victory to highlight the FGCU women’s tennis team’s opening day of the Fall campaign at the UCF Invitational on Friday.
The Eagles took on host UCF in doubles play, splitting four matches, and the Means’ two wins in singles action came against Atlantic Sun foe Stetson. The Eagles will be back in action on Saturday against Marquette in doubles and UCF in singles.
"It was great to everyone competing today,” said head coach Jennifer Gabou. “We definitely had some rusty moments, but that is why there’s a fall season. Bettina and Johanna comeback win against a tough UCF squad was great and Elizabeth and Sarah really played well in both matches.”
Both of the Green and Blue’s doubles wins came in the form of dramatic 9-8 scores. Junior Bettina Botha (Cape Town, South Africa/De Kuilen HS) and freshman Johanna Sterkel (Schwetzingen, Germany/Carl-Theodor-Schule HS) combined to defeat UCF’s Griffith and Baptista, 9-8(2).
The Means’ started their unbeaten day with a 9-8(3) victory over Mendell and Porry of UCF. Playing in the No. 1 spot, Sarah took down Stetson’s Sara Lazarevic, 6-1, 6-3, while Elizabeth picked up her first collegiate victory in the No. 4 slot. Elizabeth took down Clark Tatje, 7-6 and 6-5.
Doubles – UCF vs. FGCU
Genevieve Lorbergs/Josephine Haraldson (UCF) def. Morgan Bechtel/Marina Diez (FGCU) - 8-0
Bettina Botha/Johanna Sterkel (FGCU) def. Courtney Griffith/Sofia Baptista (UCF) - 9-8(2)
Caroline Eberhart/Katie Spivak (UCF) def. Gyanna Mandic/Zhoe Solaun (FGCU) - 8-2
Elizabeth Means/Sarah Means (FGCU) def. Clare Mendell/Ann-Sophie Porry (UCF) - 9-8(3)
Singles – Stetson vs. FGCU
Sarah Means (FGCU) def. Sara Lazarevic (STET) - 6-1, 6-3
Andrea Crespo (STET) def. Morgan Bechtel (FGCU) - 6-3, 6-4
Diana Bukajeva (STET) def. Johanna Sterkel (FGCU) - 7-5, 4-6, 1-0(10-6)
Elizabeth Means (FGCU) def. Clarke Tatje (STET) - 7-6, 7-5
Lindsey Cable (STET) def. Bettina Botha (FGCU) - 6-3, 6-3
Jen Miller (STET) def. Zhoe Solaun (FGCU) - 6-2, 6-4
MayaBlue Stauffer-MacDowell (STET) def. Gyanna Mandic (FGCU) - 6-0, 6-1
Singles – UCF vs. FGCU
Sofia Baptista (UCF) def. Marina Diez (FGCU) - 6-1, 6-1
UCF Fall Invitational Remaining Schedule
Saturday, Sept. 29 (Begins at 10 a.m.)
Stetson vs. UCF
FGCU vs. Marquette
FGCU vs. UCF
Stetson vs. Marquette
Sunday, Sept. 30 (Begins at 9 a.m.)
Marquette vs. UCF
FGCU vs. Stetson
Marquette vs. FGCU
Stetson vs. UCF