Women’s tennis dominates Bellarmine in the ASUN Opener
FORT MYERS, FL.– The No. 74 FGCU women’s tennis team celebrated a 7-0 win over Bellarmine on Friday morning to open the ASUN conference season. The Eagles are now 8-5 into the season while the Knights are down 1-14.
“The women are fighting hard and today was another opportunity to improve,” said the head coach Courtney Vernon. “We’re looking forward to getting back to work tomorrow to prepare for Sunday against Liberty!”
second grader Fanny Norin (Stockholm, Sweden/Thoren Business School) and Jordana Ossa (Miami, Fla./John A. Ferguson Senior High/Wisconsin) didn’t lose a game all day as they clinched a 6-0 win in doubles in third place before going on to go their singles games 6-0, 6-0 respectively won .
student in the first year Gabriela Macias (Barranquilla, Colombia/Colegio Fontan) also celebrated their first win for the Green-Blues with 6:0, 6:0.
Junior Emma Bardet (Vichey, France/Long Beach State), freshman Isabella Colmenares (San Cristobal, Venezuela/Colegio Juan XXIII) and Junior Ida Ferding (Vasteras, Sweden/Akademi Bastad Gymnasium) also all won in straight sets.
#74 FGCU 7, Bellarmine 0
1. BARDET, Emma (FGCU) def. Ekaterina Tikhonko (BELL) 6-1, 6-1
2. COLMENARES, Isabella (FGCU) def. Rose Pastoret (BELL) 6-1, 6-2
3. FERDING, Ida (FGCU) def. Madison Devillez (BELL) 7-5, 6-2
4. NORIN, Fanny (FGCU) def. Maja Koserski (BELL) 6: 0, 6: 0
5. OSSA, Jordan (FGCU) def. Channing Varnum (BELL) 6-0, 6-0
6. MACIAS, Gabriela (FGCU) def. Laurie Hargis (BELL) 6-0, 6-0
1. FERDING, Ida/BARDET, Emma (FGCU) def. Madison Devillez/Ekaterina Tikhonko (BELL) 6-3
2. COLMENARES, Isabella/RETORTILLO, Alba (FGCUW) def. Channing Varnum/Rose Pastoret (BELL) 6-1
3. OSSA, Jordana/NORIN, Fanny (FGCUW) def. Laurie Hargis/Maja Kozerski (BELL) 6-0
Order of Completion: double room (3,2,1); Single (6,5,4,2,3,1)
The Eagles return to action on Sunday when they host Liberty at 10:00 a.m. The singles game starts the day with doubles games that only happen when it is necessary in the game.
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HEAD COACH COURTNEY VERNON
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 90-66 (.576) and a conference record of 37-10 (.782).
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