@FGCU_WTEN Travels To Tampa To Take On No. 62 USF
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 | by Sara Roberts
Eagles ready for No. 62 USF (Photo courtesy of Linwood Ferguson)
Eagles ready for No. 62 USF (Photo courtesy of Linwood Ferguson)

TAMPA – Coming off a 7-0 shutout against Bethune-Cookman on Sunday, the FGCU women’s tennis team continues its spring campaign on Wednesday, Feb. 4, as it travels to Tampa for a dual match against No. 61 USF at 11 a.m.

“I’m excited for Wednesday as it is another opportunity to compete against a solid team while working on our goals,” head coach Courtney Vernon said.

The Eagles head to Tampa sitting at 3-3. Last weekend FGCU defeated B-CU but fell to No. 9 Miami and FIU. Their last time on the courts, the Green and Blue made quick work of B-CU, winning eight of nine matches. Dominating singles play, the Eagles took all six points, five of which came from wins in straight sets.  

Remaining perfect in singles play this season is Candela Munoz (Alicante, Spain/Troy) after collecting three wins in the FGCU spring invite and four in dual matches. In her seven contests this year, the Alicante, Spain native has won six in straight sets and is claiming victories with an average score of 6-2. 

Holding a record of 9-1, junior Sarah Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) leads the team in total wins with her only loss coming to No. 64 Kelsey Laurente of Miami. Means, the Eagles No. 1 singles player, has tallied 41 individual victories over her short career.

Continuing to ride the momentum they built when registering 10 wins this fall, partners Johanna Sterkel (Schwetzingen, Germany/Carl-Theodor-Schule HS) and Bettina Botha (Cape Town, South Africa/De Kuilen HS) have remained solid for the Green and Blue in doubles play, posting a dual-match record of 4-2.

No. 62 USF enters the contest at 2-2 after wins over Syracuse and No. 71 Ohio State, and losses against No. 27 Florida State and No. 64 LSU. Leading the Bulls with a 4-0 record at the No. 6 position is Olga Martinez. Following Martinez with a record of 3-1 is the team’s No. 2 player, Loreto Alonso Martinez. In last October’s UCF Knights Invite, USF claimed six singles and two doubles wins over FGCU. The last time the two faced off in head-to-head competition was February 2012, as then-No. 45 USF beat FGCU, 7-0.

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