FORT MYERS, Fla. – After a two-week break from competition, the FGCU women’s tennis team continues action of the regular season playing host to Troy on Sunday at 2 p.m. Due to the sold-out men’s basketball Atlantic Sun Championship final, Sunday’s match will be played at the Three Oaks Tennis Center.
“Sunday’s match kicks off a really great part of our schedule,” head coach Courtney Vernon said. “The girls have been training hard during this time off from competition and are looking forward to starting things back up.”
The Eagles enter Sunday’s contest sitting at 4-4 on the season, while Troy enters at 5-5.
After starting the season 1-4, Troy has rebounded winning four of its last five matches. Of the Trojan’s five losses, three came on the road against ranked teams, dropping 0-4 at No. 13 Clemson, 3-4 at No. 74 Georgia State and 0-7 at No. 21 Auburn. Most recently, the Trojans took down Sun Belt Conference rival Arkansas State, 5-2, at home on Mar. 2. Sophomores Anja Cosovic and Trang Huynh enter Sunday riding a five-match win streak, playing No. 1 doubles, and have each won five-straight singles contests.
Prior to Sunday’s contest, the Eagles and the Trojans have met once before, as the two opened up play of the 2010 dual-match season on the courts of the FGCU Tennis Complex. Troy escaped Fort Myers with a victory, as FGCU dropped the match a close 4-3. While the teams split singles play, winning three matches each, it was Troy’s claim of the doubles point early on that determined the overall victory.
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Picking up its first road win of 2014, FGCU handed Florida Atlantic a 5-2 decision on Feb. 22. The Green and Blue got the momentum started early by clinching the doubles point after reigning victorious in two matches. Posting an 8-6 win in the No. 1 slot were Sarah Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) and Elizabeth Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) while the tandem of Breana Stampfli (Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago/St. Joseph’s Convent) and Gyanna Mandic (Oshowa, Canada/Edison Academies) found victory in the No. 3 slot, at 8-7 (4).
FGCU kept the fast-paced play going into singles, picking up wins in four of the six matches. Johanna Sterkel (Schwetzingen, Germany/Carl-Theodor-Schule HS) grabbed a 6-1, 6-1 win in the No. 3 match, as Candela Munoz (Alicante, Spain/Troy) continued the swift-win tempo taking the five-singles match 6-1, 6-2. The remaining two victories came from Stampfli and Elizabeth Means; winning 6-4, 7-6 and 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, respectively.
After facing the Trojans, the Eagles will welcome the University of Evansville for a dual match on Mar. 11 at 2 p.m. For complete coverage of FGCU women’s tennis 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.