Athens, Ga. – Facing top opponents from around the Southeast, the FGCU women’s tennis team has closed out day one of the ITA Southeast Regional Championships. After losing first-round matches to end play in both main draws, the Eagles will return to the competition on Saturday in the consolation draw.
“Today was a great learning experience,” head coach Courtney Vernon said. “The girls were challenged on the court and as a result we were exposed to the areas of their games that need work. I’m thankful that they have the opportunity to compete again tomorrow and work on implementing those changes.”
The opening day began with play in the main doubles draw where Sarah Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) and Elizabeth Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) faced USF’s Fanny Fracassi and Olaya Garrido-Rivas for the second time this fall season. After falling 8-7 to the Hatters in September’s UCF Invite, the result of today’s rematch was more of the same as the Eagles were defeated 8-3.
The day progressed into singles play where all three FGCU players took to the court for challenging matchups in the first round of the main singles draw, but couldn’t execute well enough to secure a spot in the round of 32. In the first match for the Green and Blue, Johanna Sterkel (Schwetzingen, Germany/Carl-Theodor-Schule HS) showed a valiant effort but suffered a close two-set loss to Paola Garrido of Georgia Southern, falling 6-4, 7-5. Facing high-major competition, the Means sisters were defeated in their second matches of the day, as Sarah fell 6-0, 6-0, to the tournament No. 16 seed Kourtney Keegan of Florida and Elizabeth 6-1, 6-0, to Miami’s Monique Albuquerque.
The trio will continue play with matches in the singles consolation round of 32 on Saturday afternoon.
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Main Doubles – First Round
Fanny Fracassi/Olaya Garrido-Rivas d. Sarah Means/Elizabeth Means – 8-3
Main Singles – First Round
Paola Garrido (GSU) d. Johanna Sterkel (FGCU) – 6-4, 7-5
Kourtney Keegan (UF) def. Sarah Means (FGCU), 6-0, 6-0
Monique Albuquerque (UM) def. Elizabeth Means (FGCU), 6-1, 6-0
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Saturday, October 19th
9:00 a.m. start
Main Doubles – Round of 16
B Doubles – Quarterfinals
Main Doubles – Quarterfinals
B Doubles – Semifinals
Main Singles Consolation – Round of 32
Main Singles – Round of 16
B Singles – Quarterfinals
Sunday, October 20th
10:00 a.m. start
Main Singles – Quarterfinals
Main Singles Consolation – Round of 16
B Singles – Semifinals
Main Singles – Semifinals
Main Singles Consolation – Quarterfinals
B Singles – Finals
Main Doubles – Semifinals
B Doubles – Finals
Monday, October 21st
11:00 a.m. start
Main Singles – Final
Main Singles Consolation – Semifinals
Main Singles Consolation – Finals
Main Doubles - Final