Women’s tennis soars to a 6-1 victory over Lipscomb, winning place in ASUN Championship

FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU women’s tennis team won to a 6-1 victory over ASUN opponent Lipscomb despite windy conditions on Friday. The Eagles improved to 11-6 overall and 5-1 in ASUN with the win, while Bison dropped to 6-12 and 2-5 in league play.

With 5-1 in ASUN, the second place Eagles got a place in ASUN championship on 22.-24. April from Fort Myers, Florida, as the FGCU is to host the conference championship at the FGCU Tennis Complex.

“The women fought hard tonight,” the head coach said Courtney Vernon said. “Lipscomb are a solid team and they had to take the fight. We look forward to hosting Jacksonville State on Sunday.”

The Greens and Blues secured the double point with the courtesy of one Emma Bardet and Ida Ferding victory. The No. 85 ranked double-duo squad took care of business in a 6-2 victory.

In singles action, FGCU rolled to win the match by winning the first five singles matches. Bardet would effectively manage the match for the Eagles with his 6-1, 6-4 victory as No. 1 overall.

Jordana Ossa, Isabella Colmenares and the Bardet each won in equal sets for the Eagles. Ossa won 6-4, 6-1 on lane four and Colmenares won on lane two 6-1, 6-4.

Gabriela Macias captured another single point, the night’s fifth team point, with a third set tiebreaker, 7-5, 1-6, 1-0 (10-4). Fanny Norin also won in a third set tiebreaker and won 6-4, 7-6 (7-3). Norin’s victory marked her eighth singles victory in a row and remained unbeaten in ASUN games 6-0.

FGCU will be back in action on Sunday for its final home game of the regular season, hosted by Jacksonville State at. 13.00

The green and blue have also been given a place in ASUN championship on 22.-24. April from Fort Myers, Florida, as the FGCU is to host the conference championship at the FGCU Tennis Complex.

FGCU 6, Lipscomb 1

Single Action
1. BARDET, Emma (FGCUW) def. POPOVA, Kate (LIP-W) 6-1, 6-4
2. COLMENARES, Isabella (FGCUW) def. DOBRANOS, Sasha (LIP-W) 6-1, 6-4
3. NORIN, Fanny (FGCUW) def. ZAKORDONIEC, Emma (LIP-W) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
4. OSSA, Jordana (FGCUW) def. DIACHENKO, Liza (LIP-W) 6-4, 6-1
5. MACIAS, Gabriela (FGCUW) def. BANDY, Maddox (LIP-W) 7-5, 1-6, 1-0 (10-4) 6. CHAPMAN, Eleanor (LIP-W) def. RETORTILLO, Alba (FGCUW) 6-4, 0-6, 6-4

Double Action
1. # 85 BARDET, Emma / FERDING, Ida (FGCUW) def. DOBRANOS, Sasha / POPOVA, Kate (LIP-W) 6-2
2. RETORTILLO, Alba / MACIAS, Gabriela (FGCUW) vs. BANDY, Maddox / TRBEZNIK, Anja (LIP-W) 4-4, unfinished
3. OSSA, Jordana / NORIN, Fanny (FGCUW) def. DIACHENKO, Liza / HOWARD, Perri (LIP-W) 6-1

Finishing order: Double (3.1); Singles (2,4,1,5,3,6)

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FGCU’s women’s tennis team is led by three-time ASUN Coach of the Year Courtney Vernon (9th season), who led the Eagles to back-to-back ASUN crowns in regular season in its fifth season in 2018. She has guided 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 2018 Player of the Year. Vernon has led Green and Blue to an overall record of 94-66 (.587) and a conference record of 41-10 (0.803).

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