SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The FGCU women’s tennis team bounced back from Friday’s loss to ETSU in the strongest way possible as it found a 7-0 triumph over USC Upstate Saturday afternoon at the Webb Tennis Complex. Leaving their opponent completely shutout, the Green and Blue came out on the winning end in each of the nine matches.
The Eagles improve to 7-5 (1-1 A-Sun) on the season, while the Spartans falter to 1-13 (0-2 A-Sun).
“The ladies stuck to the plan today,” head coach Courtney Vernon said. “Their intent was good on the court and it showed. We’re looking forward to bringing today’s momentum into our matches next week.”
Beginning the victorious sweep, FGCU collected wins in all three doubles matches for an early 1-0 advantage. Finding success in the No. 2 position for the seventh time this season were partners Johanna Sterkel (Schwetzingen, Germany/Carl-Theodor-Schule HS) and Bettina Botha (Cape Town, South Africa/De Kuilen HS) as they routed Upstate’s Sarah Vande Berg and Lindsey Buenger to an 8-4 setback. Sisters Sara Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) and Elizabeth Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) picked up an 8-5 win at one-doubles over Isabel von Stryk and Anna Zoske. Rounding out the trio of wins were Candela Munoz (Alicante, Spain/Troy) and Breana Stampfli (Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago/St. Joseph’s Convent) as they downed Ana Baran and Talia Rojas, 8-6, in the No. 3 slot.
Through singles play the Green and Blue stuck to their plan for success, winning all six matches. Leaving her opponent blank was Sterkel, as she took 12-straight games from Talia Rojas for a 6-0, 6-0 win at three-singles.
Collecting their eighth wins of the season were Munoz and Elizabeth Means playing No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. Munoz took both sets over Sarah Vande Berg with a score of 6-1, while Means clinched a 6-3, 6-2 victory from Lindsey Buenger.
At the six-singles spot, Botha handed Ana Baran a 6-1 decision in the first set before Baran retired from the match trailing Botha in the second set 3-0.
Finishing on the up end of matches extending three sets were Sarah Means and Stampfli.
After dropping the opening set 3-6, Means fought back to take the No. 1 match from Isabel von Stryk. After trailing her opponent in the first, Means stayed on serve with von Stryk in the second set forcing a tiebreak at the 6-6 mark. Deviating from the set’s point-for-point tempo, Means exploded to win the tiebreak in a dominant fashion and the set 7-6 (7-1). In the deciding 10-point third set, Means continued to hit on all cylinders leading to a win at 10-4 for the overall victory.
In the No. 2 match, Stampfli took the first set from Anna Zoske a swift 6-1, but Zoske fought back in the second topping Stampfli 6-2. The tiebreaking third set started close, but Stampfli broke away at the end to find victory at 10-6.
The Green and Blue will continue action at home as they welcome Minnesota on Mar. 17 at 5 p.m. For complete coverage of FGCU women’s tennis this season 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: 7 USC Upstate: 0
1. Elizabeth Means/Sarah Means (FGCU) def. Isabel von Stryk/Anna Zoske (USCU) 8-5
2. Bettina Botha/Johanna Sterkel (FGCU) def. Sarah Vande Berg/Lindsey Buenger (USCU) 8-4
3. Candela Munoz Giron/Breana Stampfli (FGCU) def. Ana Baran/Talia Rojas (USCU) 8-6
1. Sarah Means (FGCU) def. Isabel von Stryk (USCU) 3-6, 7-6 (7-1), 1-0 (10-4)
2. Breana Stampfli (FGCU) def. Anna Zoske (USCU) 6-1, 2-6, 1-0 (10-6)
3. Johanna Sterkel (FGCU) def. Talia Rojas (USCU) 6-0, 6-0
4. Candela Munoz Giron (FGCU) def. Sarah Vande Berg (USCU) 6-1, 6-1
5. Elizabeth Means (FGCU) def. Lindsey Buenger (USCU) 6-3, 6-2
6. Bettina Botha (FGCU) def. Ana Baran (USCU) 6-1, 3-0