FORT MYERS, Fla. – In its final home performance of the spring, the FGCU women’s tennis team left its opponent blank for the third time this season as the Eagles defeated Mercer, 7-0, after celebrating their two seniors, Saturday afternoon at the FGCU Tennis Complex.
The Eagles improve to 11-7 (4-2 A-Sun) on the season, while the Bears falter to 8-11 (2-2 A-Sun).
“I am very happy with the way the girls competed today,” head coach Courtney Vernon said. “We were challenged with difference circumstances, but the team stayed focused on what they had to do and it showed in the results. We will look to bring our performance this weekend with us to Northern Kentucky and Lipscomb.”
Starting the contest with singles play, the Green and Blue won each of the six matches in straight sets.
Posting the first point for the Eagles was senior Bettina Botha (Cape Town, South Africa/De Kuilen HS), celebrating her win with FGCU’s home crowd for the last time of her career. Finishing her match in 25 minutes, and leaving her opponent scoreless, Botha took 12-straight games from Amanda Bertani for a 6-0, 6-0 win at six-singles.
Next to finish was Johanna Sterkel (Schwetzingen, Germany/Carl-Theodor-Schule HS), finding victory in the No. 3 slot. The sophomore handed Roxy Bartz a no-nonsense 6-0 decision in the first set and took the second a quick 6-3 for the overall win.
Playing the second position was Breana Stampfli (Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago/St. Joseph’s Convent) where she made quick work of Mercer’s Liza Klyachkin, taking both sets with a score of 6-1.
Clinching the match for the Eagles was Elizabeth Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) after a powerful win in the No. 5 slot. Holding Haley Powell to only three games, Means extended the Eagles’ lead to 4-0 with a 6-0, 6-3 win.
Keeping FGCU perfect in singles play were Sarah Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) and Candela Munoz (Alicante, Spain/Troy), playing No. 1 and No. 4, respectively. Means clinched a 6-4, 6-2 victory from Danielle Jones, while Munoz defeated Natalie Franklin, 6-2, 6-3.
Underneath an overcast sky, the Eagles notched their seventh point after wins in two doubles matchups, both with a score of 8-2. Earning their 17th win of the year was the tandem of Botha and Sterkel, cruising to a defeat of Roxy Bartz and Liza Klyachkin. Earning 14 doubles victories over Atlantic Sun opponents during her four-year career, senior Gyanna Mandic (Oshowa, Canada/Edison Academies) partnered with Stampfli to earn her 15th, as the duo downed Mercer’s Natalie Franklin and Haley Powell.
The Green and Blue will end action of the regular season on the road facing NKU on April 4 at 11 a.m., and Lipscomb on April 5 at 10 a.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.
1. Sarah Means (FGCU) def. Danielle Jones (MER) 6-4, 6-2
2. Breana Stampfli (FGCU) def. Liza Klyachkin (MER) 6-1, 6-1
3. Johanna Sterkel (FGCU) def. Roxy Bartz (MER) 6-0, 6-3
4. Candela Munoz Giron (FGCU) def. Natalie Franklin (MER) 6-2, 6-3
5. Elizabeth Means (FGCU) def. Haley Powell (MER) 6-0, 6-3
6. Bettina Botha (FGCU) def. Amanda Bertani (MER) 6-0, 6-0
Order of finish: (6,3,2,5,1,4)
1. Danielle Jones/Lucie Payrat (MER) def. Elizabeth Means/Sarah Means (FGCU) 8-5
2. Bettina Botha/Johanna Sterkel (FGCU) def. Roxy Bartz/Liza Klyachkin (MER) 8-2
3. Gyanna Mandic/Breana Stampfli (FGCU) def. Natalie Franklin/Haley Powell (MER) 8-2
Order of finish: (2,3,1)