FORT MYERS, Fla. – On a day where teams looked to secure spots in championship matches, FGCU saw three of their own advance on Sunday afternoon at the FGCU Tennis Complex.
The Green and Blue collected a total of four wins during day two of the three day invitational with three of the wins having come on the doubles courts.
Freshman Johanna Sterkel (Schwetzingen/Carl-Theodor-Schule HS) along with junior Gyanna Mandic (Oshowa, Canada/Edison Academies) advanced to the championship match in the second doubles flight by a score of 8-6.
"Johanna has really improved since arriving this fall," said head coach Jennifer Gabou. "She is stepping into the ball and has taken her game to the next level so I am excited to see how she does in the finals tomorrow."
A mixed doubles team made up of FGCU’s sophomore Zhoe Solaun (Gainesville, Fla./F.W. Buchholz HS) and North Florida’s Marina Cunningham won for the second straight day in a round-robin style flight.
Sisters Elizabeth Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) and Sarah Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) fought hard for a 9-7 win over Liberty’s Brittany Yang and Nicola Wellman in the consolation bracket.
Johanna Sterkel continued to find success at the FGCU Invitational by defeating Andrea Nedorostova of Northwestern State in straight sets by a score of 6-2, 6-4. The victory placed Sterkel in the championship match in flight three of the singles bracket just hours after clinching a spot in the doubles final.
The FGCU Invitational comes to a close on Monday, January 21 with the action set to begin from the FGCU Tennis Complex at 8 a.m.
FGCU Invitational – Day Two Results
Kseniya Bardabush (UNT) def. Sarah Means (FGCU) – 6-3, 7-6 (3)
Simona Weymer (UNF) def. Gyanna Mandic (FGCU) – 6-3, 4-6, 10-8
Johanna Sterkel (FGCU) def. Andrea Nedorostova (NSULA) – 6-2, 6-4
Cameron Richard (LU) def. Morgan Bechtel (FGCU) – 6-3, 6-1
Taylor Hollander (UNF) def. Elizabeth Means (FGCU) – 4-6, 7-6 (7), 10-6
Emelia Box (UNT) def. Bettina Botha (FGCU) – 7-6, 7-5
Annisha Domenech (LU) def. Zhoe Solaun (FGCU) – 2-6, 6-0, 10-6
Pronina/Cacciuttolo (ISU) def. Botha/Bechtel (FGCU) – 8-6
Sterkel/Mandic (FGCU) def. Joubert/Serchenko (UNT) – 8-6
Means/Means (FGCU) def. Yang/Wellman (LU) – 9-7
Solaun (FGCU)/Cunningham (UNF) def. Boda/Domenech (LU) – 8-6