No. 74 Women’s Tennis Set to Host the State of Kennesaw
FORT MYERS, FL. — The FGCU’s No. 74 women’s tennis team returns this Sunday when Kennesaw State makes the trip to Southwest Florida. The first serve between the Eagles and Owls is scheduled for 10 a.m
The Green-Blues are currently 10-6 on the season and 3-1 in the ASUN after splitting two conference games last weekend. After beating Stetson 4-3 on Friday, the Eagles fell 5-2 to North Florida.
Overall this season Jordana Ossa leads the Eagles with 10 singles wins Alba Retortillo has nine and Fanny Norin has eight after winning six in a row. In doubles, Ossa has paired with Norin for seven wins, which is a tie Emma Bardet and Ida Ferding for the team leader.
Kennesaw State goes into the match with an overall record of 11-4 and a 1-3 mark in ASUN play. The Owls also played Stetson and UNF last weekend and came up short in both games. Ji Youn Lee has nine team-high wins, while Kat Muzik has eight wins at No. 1. In doubles, Lee and Valentina Taddia have eight wins to beat the Owls.
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The FGCU women’s tennis team is led by three-time ASUN Coach of the Year Courtney Vernon (Season 9) which led the Eagles to consecutive ASUN regular-season crowns in their fifth season of 2018. She has supported her student-athletes to earn 63 ASUN All-Conference and All-Academic honors, including 2014, 2016, and 2017 ASUN Freshman of the Year, as well as 2016, 2017, and 2019 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Player of the Year 2018. Vernon has led the Greens and Blues to an overall record of 92-67 (.576) and a conference record of 39-11 (.782).
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FGCU teams have won an incredible 87 regular conference season and tournament titles in just over 14 seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just nine seasons of DI postseason eligibility, the Eagles have contested a total of 43 teams or individuals in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have earned a national top-25 ranking in their respective sports — including women’s basketball (No. 25, 2021-22), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2021), and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer ( 2018) as three of the youngest. In 2016-17, the Greens and Blues finished in the division’s best sixth place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and made the top-100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had the top seven teams from ASUN and Florida to earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progress in their sport. FGCU also achieved a combined record 3.50 GPA in the classroom for the Fall 2020 semester and has surpassed the university’s general student population for 24 consecutive semesters. Another milestone was reached in each of the Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 semesters, as all 15 programs each achieved a Team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles also contributed an all-time high of 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 and were recognized as one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.