Busy Weekend at Home Nears for Women’s Tennis
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 | by Andrew Piper (@ADPiper7)
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With three matches in four days, FGCU will look to improve upon its 5-3 record. (Photo by Dennis Snyder)
With three matches in four days, FGCU will look to improve upon its 5-3 record. (Photo by Dennis Snyder)

FORT MYERS, Fla. – After starting off the 2013 dual match season with eight non-conference matches, the FGCU (5-3) women’s tennis team will open A-Sun play against Lipscomb on Thursday, March 14 to begin a stretch that will include three matches in four days at the FGCU Tennis Complex.

The Green and Blue will take on Lipscomb on Thursday, March 14 at 2 p.m., A-Sun newcomer Northern Kentucky on Saturday, March 16 at 10 a.m. and Wisconsin Green Bay on Sunday, March 17 at noon in a stretch that will bring a six-match home stand to a close.

“I am really looking forward to beginning conference play,” said FGCU head coach Jennifer Gabou. “Our team has big goals and it will be exciting to see them taking each step closer to achieving them.”

When Johanna Sterkel (Schwetzingen, Germany/Carl-Theodor-Schule HS), Elizabeth Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) and Bettina Botha (Cape Town, South Africa/De Kuilen HS) have played singles in the fourth, fifth and six spots for FGCU, respectively, the trio has compiled a 14-4 record to provide a solid rotation to round out the singles lineup for the Eagles.

Matchups with A-Sun foes Lipscomb and Northern Kentucky with give FGCU a chance to start off league play with a couple of victories against two teams that have struggled in the early going in the dual match season this spring, but the start of conference play will give all of the teams a chance to correct past mistakes and get on track with an Atlantic Sun championship on the line.

After taking on the Bison and Norse, the Eagles will step out of league play to face Wisconsin Green Bay, who has not won a dual match this season,  

The three FGCU doubles teams will look to find victory on the doubles courts this weekend with all three pairs currently in losing streaks and the Green and Blue having failed to pick up the doubles point in its last four matches.

The three matches over the weekend will cap off a six-match home stand for the Green and Blue at the FGCU Tennis Complex. Admission to all matches at the FGCU Tennis Complex is free.

Following the match, results and a recap from the dual match action will be available at www.FGCUATHLETICS.com.