FORT MYERS, Fla. – The #62 FGCU women’s tennis team has a busy week ahead of them with three home matches, including the start of ASUN play.
The Eagles, currently sitting at 6-5 on the season, will host Cleveland State, Tuesday at 10 am before taking on Bellarmine, Friday at 10 am and Liberty, Sunday at 9 am
The Eagles are coming off a tough loss to #61 Florida State on Sunday, falling to the Seminoles, 5-2. Sophomore Fanny Norin (Stockholm, Sweden/Thoren Business School)
earned a win on court four, 6-2, 6-3, while the Eagles also picked up a point as FSU had to default on court six or not having enough healthy players.
Sophomore Jordana Ossa (Miami, Fla./John A. Ferguson Senior High/Wisconsin) leads the Eagles with eight singles wins this season while junior Alba Retortillo (Leon, Spain/La Anunciata) has collected five.
In doubles, Retortillo and freshman Isabella Colmenares (San Cristobal, Venezuela/Colegio Juan XXIII) lead the team with five wins while Ossa and Norin have teamed up for four victories.
Cleveland State enters Tuesday’s match at 6-8. The Vikings started the season 6-2, but have dropped six straight matches. Oihane Vicario has a 9-5 record at the No. 1 slot while Bethany Yauch is 9-5, playing mostly at No. 5. In doubles, Yauch and Selma Tounsi lead the team with eight wins.
Bellarmine enters the week at 1-13 with its lone win coming against Southern Indiana. Ekaterina Tikhonko has two singles wins at No. 1 while four different pairs have at least one doubles win.
Liberty is currently sitting at 10-4 and have won eight out of the last nine matches. Esther Lovato leads the Flames with nine singles wins while Maria Juliana Parra Romero has eight. In doubles, Tiffany Nguyen paces Liberty with nine wins, pairing with a few different partners.
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