MOBILE, ALA. – The FGCU women’s tennis team faced off against South Alabama, Thursday afternoon, and picked up a come-from-behind 4-1 victory over the Jaguars.
The Eagles improve to 4-3 on the season while South Alabama drops their first match of the spring and falls to 3-1.
“The ladies battled hard today,” said head coach Courtney Vernon. “Doubles came down to two points and after we dropped a close one, the team was ready to come back in singles. South Alabama fought hard and it was good competition. We are looking forward to competing tomorrow morning.”
In doubles, Alba Retortillo (Leon, Spain/La Anunciata) and freshman Isabella Colmenares (San Cristobal, Venezuela/Colegio Juan XXIII) won their doubles match, 6-1, on court three.
After South Alabama tied doubles with a win on court two, it came down to junior Emma Bardet (Vichey, France/Long Beach State) and Ida Ferding (Vasteras, Sweden/Akademi Bastad Gymnasium) on court one. The duo fought hard, but ultimately fell 7-6 (6).
In singles, sophomore Fanny Norin (Stockholm, Sweden/Thoren Business School) quickly tied up the match with a 6-0, 6-4 win on court two.
Ferding gave the Eagles the lead as she dispatched of her opponent, 6-3, 6-2. Sophomore Jordan Ossa (Miami, Fla./John A. Ferguson Senior High/Wisconsin) extended the FGCU lead with a 6-4, 6-2 win on court six.
Retortillo clinched the match for the Eagles as she fought back from down a set, winning her match, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.
FGCU 4, South Alabama 1
1. Yu Fujioka (USA) vs. Yu Fujioka (USA) vs. Yu Fujioka (USA) vs. Yu Fujioka (USA) vs. Yu Fujioka (USA) BARDET, Emma (FGCUW) 4-6, 7-6, unfinished
2. NORIN, Fanny (FGCUW) def. Nikola Kohoutova (USA) 6-0, 6-4
3. Luminita Tutunaru (USA) vs. COLMENARES, Isabella (FGCUW) 2-6, 6-4, unfinished
4. FERDING, Ida (FGCUW) def. Milka Pasanen (USA) 6-3, 6-2
5. RETORTILLO, Alba (FGCUW) def. Otoha Aoki (USA) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
6. OSSA, Jordan (FGCUW) def. Lara van der Merwe (USA) 6-4, 6-2
1. Nikola Kohoutova/Luminita Tutunaru (USA) def. FERDING, Ida/BARDET, Emma (FGCUW) 7-6 (8-6)
2. Yu Fujioka/Lara van der Merwe (USA) def. NORIN, Fanny/OSSA, Jordan (FGCUW) 6-2
3. RETORTILLO, Alba/COLMENARES, Isabella (FGCUW) def. Otoha Aoki/Yurie Takanishi (USA) 6-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,4,6,5)
FGCU will be back in action tomorrow when they head to Florida A&M. First serve from Tallahassee is set for 10 am
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HEAD COACH COURTNEY VERNON
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