FORT MYERS, Fla. – The #62 FGCU women’s tennis team fell to #61 Florida State, Sunday morning, 5-2. The Eagles fall to 6-5 while the Seminoles improve to 7-6.
“Today the ladies were pushed hard by Florida State,” said head coach Courtney Vernon† “They are competing hard in singles and we are looking to build off today’s match to prepare for our three games this week.”
Florida State only had five healthy players so they had to win both doubles matches that were played, which they did, winning 6-3 on court one and 6-2 on court two.
The Eagles tied the match in a blink as they secured a point because Florida State had to forfeit on court six.
Sophomore Fanny Norin (Stockholm, Sweden/Thoren Business School) picked up a win on court four, a 6-2, 6-3 win over Olympe Lancelot.
Sophomore Jordana Ossa (Miami, Fla./John A. Ferguson Senior High/Wisconsin) played tough against Kianah Motosono, but fell in three sets 2-6, 6-4, 5-7.
Florida State won in straight sets on courts one, two, and three to clinch the match.
#61 Florida State 5, #62 FGCU 2
1. #16 Petra Hule (FSU) def. BARDET, Emma (FGCU) 6-4, 6-1
2. Vic Allen (FSU) def. COLMENARES, Isabella (FGCU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Anna Arkadianou (FSU) def. FERDING, Ida (FGCU) 6-1, 7-5
4. NORIN, Fanny (FGCU) def. Olympia Lancelot (FSU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Kianah Motosono (FSU) def. OSSA, Jordana (FGCU) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
6. RETORTILLO, Alba (FGCU) def. No player (FSU), by forfeit
1. Petra Hule/Anna Arkadianou (FSU) def. FERDING, Ida/BARDET, Emma (FGCU) 6-3
2. Vic Allen/Kianah Motosono (FSU) def. RETORTILLO, Alba/COLMENARES, Isabella (FGCU) 6-2
3. OSSA, Jordana/GLANTZ, Lola (FGCU) final. No player/No player (FSU_), by forfeit
Order or finish: Doubles (3.2,1); Singles (6,2,1,3,4,5)
The Eagles will return to the courts on Wednesday against Cleveland State to close out the non-conference season. First serve from the FGCU Tennis Complex is set for 5 pm
The ASUN season gets started next weekend against Bellarmine and Liberty. The times have changed from their originally scheduled slot as the Eagles will take on the Knights on Friday at 10 am before battling the Flames on Sunday at 9 am
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HEAD COACH COURTNEY VERNON
FGCU’s women’s tennis team is led by three-time ASUN Coach of the Year Courtney Vernon (9th season) who led the Eagles to back-to-back ASUN regular-season crowns in her fifth season in 2018. She has mentored her student-athletes into earning 63 ASUN All-Conference and All-Academic honors, including 2014, 2016, and 2017 ASUN Freshman of the Year as well as the 2016, 2017 and 2019 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the 2018 Player of the Year. Vernon has led the Green and Blue to an 88-66 overall record (.576) and 36-10 conference record (.782).
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