FORT MYERS, FL. – The FGCU women’s tennis team (10-5, 1-1 ASUN Conference) failed to capitalize on home field advantage Thursday night, losing 5-2 to Stetson (13-5, 3-0 ASUN) at the FGCU Tennis Complex.
“Tonight was a very tough match,” said the FGCU’s chief women’s tennis coach Courtneyvernon. “congratulations to Stetson; They were the better team today. It was definitely not our best day. We’ve struggled with some uncontrollables, but the ladies will grow from this match – and every time they have the gift of competing, they’re grateful.”
The green-blue senior doubles team Alba RetOrtillo (Leon, Spain/La Anuciata) and Junior Jordana Ossa(Miami, Fla./John A. Ferguson Sr. HS/Wisconsin) scored a 6-2 win in 2nd place and seniors Emma Bardet (Vichey, France/Long Beach State) and Ida Ferding (Vasteras, Sweden/Akademi Basted High School) clinched the colon with a 6-2 decision in 1st place.
The Hatters responded in Singles as an FGCU sophomore Isabella Colmenares (San Cristobal, Venezuela/Juan XXIII College) fell 6-2, 6-1 in 3rd place. Stetson would then take the lead as the Eagles junior Fanny Norin (Stockholm, Sweden/Thoren Business School) fell 6-2, 6-4 in 2nd place.
second grader Gabriela Macias (Barranquilla, Colombia/Colegio Fontan) fell 6-2, 6-3 in 6th, and the Hatters won the match when Ossa resigned while he was 7-5, 4-3 in 5th.
Bardet rallied and gave the Eagles their lone No. 1 singles win, winning 0-6 6-0 7-6(1). Ferding then won the first set 6:2, but fell back to 4th place in the end with 6:2, 7:6 (6).
The Eagles return Sunday in North Florida (10-6, 2-1 ASUN). First serve is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the UNF Tennis Complex in Jacksonville, Fla.
Stetson 5, FGCU2
competition in doubles
1. BARDET, Emma/FERDING, Ida (FGCU) def. A DiFrancesco/Magda Hedrzak (STET) 6-2
2.RETORTILLO, Alba/OSSA, Jordana (FGCU) def. Cheri Darley/Pilar A Harper (STET) 6-2
3 . NORIN, Fanny/COLMENARES, Isabella (FGCU) vs. Anais Gabriel/Noa Cohen (STET) 4-5, unfinished
1. BARDET, Emma (FGCU) def. A DiFrancesco (STET) 0-6, 6-0, 7-6 (7-1)
2. Anais Gabriel (STET) defeated. NORIN, Fanny (FGCU) 6-2, 6-4
3. Cheri Darley (STET) def. COLMENARES, Isabella (FGCU) 6-2, 6-1
4. Noa Cohen (STET) defeated. FERDING, Ida (FGCU) 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6)
5. Magda Hedrzak (STET) defeated. OSSA, Jordan (FGCU) 7-5, 4-3, retired
6. Pilar A. Harper (STET) defeated.MACIAS, Gabriela (FGCU) 6-2, 6-3
Order of Finish: Doubles (2.1); Single (3,2,6,1,4)
HEAD COACH COURTNEY VERNON
The FGCU women’s tennis team is led by three-time ASUN Coach of the Year Courtney Vernon (Season 10), who in her fifth season in 2018 led the Eagles to consecutive ASUN regular-season crowns and a third championship title regular season in 2022. She has supported her student-athletes to earn 66 ASUN All-Conference and All-Academic honors, including 2014, 2016, and 2017 ASUN Freshman of the Year, and 2016, 2017, and 2019 Scholar Athlete of the Year and 2018 Player of the Year. Vernon has led the Greens and Blues to an aggregate record of 109-78 (.582) and a conference record of 45-12 (.789).
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