@FGCU_WTEN Returns From Hiatus Beating Troy 5-2
Sunday, March 09, 2014 | by Sara Roberts (@Srob__)
Botha and Sterkel celebrate a win (photo credit: Linwood Ferguson)
Botha and Sterkel celebrate a win (photo credit: Linwood Ferguson)

ESTERO, Fla. – After a two-week break from competition, the FGCU women’s tennis team got back to the baseline posting a 5-2 win over Troy University on Sunday afternoon at the Three Oaks Tennis Center.

The Eagles move to 5-4 on the season, while the Trojans fall to 5-6.

“The ladies came out on top of a battle against a good team today,” head coach Courtney Vernon said. “They showed courage and stepped up when they needed to. We are looking forward to Wednesday when we host Evansville.”

The Eagles started slow as Troy won two of the three doubles matches for a 1-0 advantage. Picking up a victory for the Green and Blue were Johanna Sterkel (Schwetzingen, Germany/Carl-Theodor-Schule HS) and Bettina Botha (Cape Town, South Africa/De Kuilen HS) taking down Troy’s Margot De Haan and Monica Gonzalez, 8-4, in two doubles.

Through singles play the Eagles showed they weren’t to be dismissed picking up wins in five matches. Highlighting the singles competition were the wins posted by Sarah Means’ (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) and Sterkel, as each of them ended the five-match win streak their opponents were both riding.

Playing the No. 1 slot was Means, winning her contest against Trang Huynh. After a back-and-forth first set, Means came out on top at 7-5, but the second set was where she began to shine claiming a 6-2 win to end the match.

Sterkel’s takedown of Anja Cosovic came in three sets. After winning the first, 7-6 (8-6), the sophomore dropped the second 1-6, but rebounded in the third with a 6-4 win.

Joining her doubles partner in the winner’s circle was Botha with a victory in the No. 6 slot over Troy’s Brooke Durden. Botha took the first set 6-2, but Durden flipped the score in the second to knot the match at one set apiece. In the deciding third set, Botha kept focused for a quick 6-2 win and secure of the match.

The remaining two triumphs came straight-sets as Elizabeth Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) topped Monica Gonzalez 7-5, 6-4, in the four singles match, and Candela Munoz (Alicante, Spain/Troy) flew to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Margot De Haan in the No.5 match.

The Green and Blue continue home action as they 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.

FGCU: 5 Troy: 2

1. Sarah Means (FGCU) def. Trang Huynh (TROY) 7-5, 6-2
2. Lyubov Dorofeeva (TROY) def. Breana Stampfli (FGCU) 6-4, 7-6
3. Johanna Sterkel (FGCU) def. Anja Cosovic (TROY) 7-6 (8-6), 1-6, 6-4
4. Elizabeth Means (FGCU) def. Monica Gonzalez (TROY) 7-5, 6-4
5. Candela Munoz Giron (FGCU) def. Margot De Haan (TROY) 6-1, 6-1
6. Bettina Botha (FGCU) def. Brooke Durden (TROY) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2

1. Anja Cosovic/Trang Huynh (TROY) def. Sarah Means/Elizabeth Means (FGCU) 8-1
2. Bettina Botha/Johanna Sterkel (FGCU) def. Margot De Haan/Monica Gonzalez (TROY) 8-4
3. Lyubov Dorofeeva/Brooke Durden (TROY) def. Gyanna Mandic/Breana Stampfli (FGCU) 7-6 (7-4)