FORT MYERS, Fla. – Coming off a successful opening weekend, the FGCU women’s tennis team continued its unbeaten streak with a 5-2 win over Louisiana Tech, Friday afternoon at the FGCU Tennis Complex.
“Today was another good round of competition for the girls,” head coach Courtney Vernon said. “LA Tech is a talented team that knew how to challenge us. We were able to step it up and get the crucial points that let us win the match, which is something we’ve been focusing on. We have another good opponent in UCF tomorrow, so today helped us get ready for them.”
The Eagles set the pace early as they claimed the doubles point winning two of three matches. The No. 2 pair of Johanna Sterkel (Schwetzingen, Germany/Carl-Theodor-Schule HS) and Bettina Botha (Cape Town, South Africa/De Kuilen HS) picked up the first Eagle victory with a 6-2 win over LA Tech’s Manoela Chiacchio and Jazmin Britos. After the Bulldogs picked up a win in the No. 3 doubles slot the score was knotted at one match each and it was down to Sarah Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) and Elizabeth Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) to clinch the point. Playing Asia Nalkorsha and Alexandra Starkova, the sisters were able to get a 6-3 victory to give FGCU a 1-0 advantage heading into singles play.
Through the beginning of singles play, it wasn’t looking good for the Eagles as Sterkel and Botha dropped their matches in straight sets, but Sarah Means’ win in the No. 1 singles position put the Green and Blue back in it. Facing Nalkorsha again, Means took the first set, 6-3, but lost control in the second falling 6-2. Picking up momentum in the third set, Means powered through to earn a 10-5 win and take the match.
With the score tied at 2-2 the Eagles never looked back as they went on to win the three remaining matches. Candela Munoz (Alicante, Spain/Troy) took the No. 6 match, 6-3, 6-1, over Manoela Chiacchio, while Gyanna Mandic (Oshowa, Canada/Edison Academies) claimed the No. 5 match 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (11-9) from Melanie Urvoy. Rounding out the trip was Elizabeth Means with a 6-4, 6-4 defeat of Marta Sramkova.
The Green and Blue will return to the courts tomorrow as they host UCF in at dual match at 11 a.m. For complete coverage of FGCU women’s tennis this weekend follow us on Twitter at @FGCU_WTEN and visit www.FGCUAthletics.com where full recaps and results will be available at the end of each day.
FGCU: 5 LA Tech: 2
Order of finish: (3,2,1)
No. 1: E Means/S Means def. Nalborska/Starkova– 6-3
No. 2: Sterkel/Botha def. Chiacchio/Britos – 6-2
No. 3: Sramkova/Urvoy def. Mandic/Munoz – 6-1
Order of finish: (2, 4, 1, 6, 5, 3)
No. 1: Sarah Means def. Asia Nalkorsha – 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (10-5)
No. 2: Alexandra Starkova def.Johanna Sterkel – 6-2, 6-2
No. 3: Elizabeth Means def. Marta Sramkova – 6-4, 6-4
No. 4: Jazmin Britos def. Bettina Botha – 6-4, 6-2
No. 5: Gyanna Mandic def. Melanie Urvoy – 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (11-9)
No. 6: Candela Munoz def. Manoela Chiacchio – 6-3, 6-1