Women’s tennis gears up for a busy week as the ASUN game begins
FORT MYERS, FL. – The FGCU No. 62 women’s tennis team is in for a busy week with three home games including the start of the ASUN game.
The Eagles, currently sitting 6-5 on the season, will host Cleveland State on Tuesday at 10 a.m. before taking on Bellarmine on Friday at 10 a.m. and Liberty on Sunday at 9 a.m
The Eagles suffer a heavy loss against #61 in the state of Florida on Sunday and fall 5-2 against the Seminoles. second grader Fanny Norin (Stockholm, Sweden/Thoren Business School)
won in fourth place 6-2, 6-3, while the Eagles also picked up a point as sixth-place FSU either defaulted or didn’t have enough healthy players.
second grader Jordana Ossa (Miami, Fla./John A. Ferguson Senior High/Wisconsin) leads the Eagles with eight singles wins this season as a junior Alba Retortillo (Leon, Spain/La Anunciata) collected five.
In doubles, retortillo and novice Isabella Colmenares (San Cristobal, Venezuela/Colegio Juan XXIII) lead the team with five wins while Ossa and Norin have combined for four wins.
Cleveland State goes into the game Tuesday 6-8. The Vikings started the season 6-2 but have lost six straight games. Oihane Vicario has a 9-5 record at No. 1, while Bethany Yauch is 9-5 and plays mostly at No. 5. In doubles, Yauch and Selma Tounsi lead the team with eight wins.
Bellarmine goes into the week 1-13 with his only 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 10-4 and has won eight of their last nine games. Esther Lovato leads the Flames with nine singles wins while Maria Juliana Parra Romero has eight. In doubles, Tiffany Nguyen takes on Liberty with nine wins and pairs with a few different partners.
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