BOCA RATON, Fla. – After a two-and-a-half-week break from competitive action, the FGCU women’s tennis team looks to claim its first road win of the season against Florida Atlantic on Saturday at 11 a.m.
“We are looking forward to playing tomorrow,” head coach Courtney Vernon said. “We’ve had a good few weeks of training so it will be great to see that on the court tomorrow. The girls are excited to get back to competition and are looking forward to working on their goals.”
The Eagles head to Boca sitting at 3-4 on the season, while FAU is currently 1-3, but host Stetson for a dual match later this afternoon.
BIRDS OF A DIFFERENT FEATHER
Prior to Saturday’s contest, the Eagles and the Owls have faced three of the same opponents in Iowa State, Louisiana Tech and Bethune-Cookman, but have each posted a different result. While FGCU remained unbeaten against the trio, FAU suffered two defeats and earned one win. The Green and Blue opened dual-match play with a 6-1 win over Iowa State before continuing on to beat LA Tech, 5-2, and shutting out B-CU 7-0. It was a different story for the Owls as they dropped, 0-7, to LA Tech and 1-6 to Iowa State, but were able to pull out a 6-1 win against B-CU.
When FAU attended FGCU’s spring invitational earlier last month the tournament saw nine Eagle vs Owl matchups with the Green and Blue taking away seven victories. Highlighting the Eagles’ slew of wins was Candela Munoz’s (Alicante, Spain/Troy) 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Bianca Biglione for the C singles crown. Taking down two from FAU during singles play was Bettina Botha (Cape Town, South Africa/De Kuilen HS) with straight-set wins over Claire-Mitchell Andrews, 7-5, 6-1, and Lyndsey Boos 7-6 (2), 6-2. Claiming victory over another player from FAU was Johanna Sterkel (Schwetzingen, Germany/Carl-Theodor-Schule HS) taking down Natalia Tomascewicz, 6-4, 6-1.
In doubles play Breana Stampfli (Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago/St. Joseph’s Convent) and Gyanna Mandic (Oshowa, Canada/Edison Academies) topped Taylor Briggs and Kandis Legall, 7-6 (7-4), the B Flight semifinals.
Once they return to The Nest, the Eagles will welcome Troy for a dual match on Mar. 9 at 2 p.m. For complete coverage of FGCU women’s tennis in Tampa 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.