Miami – The FGCU women’s tennis team ended its fourth and final tournament of the fall season in Miami at day three of the FIU Panther Invitational. Unfortunately for the Eagles, Sunday’s results were not the high note in which they hoped to end the season on as they fell in all four matches.
“Today was another day to compete and learn from how we performed on the court,” head coach Courtney Vernon said. “As we end the fall season we start shifting our focus to the spring. I know the girls are aware of how important these next few months are in order to be prepared for dual matches and the start of the regular season. We are looking forward to working on our goals and are eager for January to get here.
Junior Sarah Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) started the day for the Green and Blue with a match against Barry’s Karina Goia in the finals of the No. 1 singles draw. After dropping the first set 6-3, Means almost posted a comeback in the second set, but couldn’t come away with a win as she fell 7-6 (5). After four tournaments, highlighted by a win of the Bedford Cup backdraw, Means ends her fall campaign with a record of 8-5.
Representing the Eagles in the finals of the No. 3 singles draw was Bettina Botha (Cape Town, South Africa/De Kuilen HS). Facing FIU’s Kamila Pavelkova on her home court Botha fell 6-3, 6-0.
Playing matches in the backdraws were Elizabeth Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) and Johanna Sterkel (Schwetzingen, Germany/Carl-Theodor-Schule HS). Means took opponent Lauren Mabe of Liberty into three sets but couldn’t claim the match, falling 6-4, 3-6, 10-4, while Strkel dropped to FIU’s Nina Nagode 6-3, 6-2.
After a busy fall, the Green and Blue will now focus on preparing for their spring season, which begins in January as they host the annual FGCU Spring Invitational.
No. 1 Singles Main Draw
Karina Goia (BU) def. Sarah Means (FGCU) – 6-3, 7-6 (5)
No. 1 Singles Back Draw
Nina Nagode (FIU) def. Johanna Sterkel (FGCU) – 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 Singles Back Draw
Lauren Mabe (LU) def. Elizabeth Means (FGCU) - 6-4, 3-6, 10-4
No. 3 Singles Main Draw
Kamila Pavelkova (FIU) def. Bettina Botha (FGCU) – 6-3, 6-0