No. 3 @FGCU_WTEN Ends Season With 4-1 Loss To No. 2 ETSU
In a match that was disrupted by the weather several times, the No. 3 FGCU women’s tennis team ended its season with a 4-1 loss to No. 2 ETSU in Atlantic Sun Championship semifinal on Sunday afternoon and the UNF Tennis Complex.
The loss marks the end of a six-match unbeaten streak and brings the Green and Blue’s overall record on the season to 14-8, the highest number of wins in FGCU’s Division-I history.
“Today we did not get the result we hoped for,” head coach Courtney Vernon said. “ETSU stepped up on the important points and deserved the win today. We can learn a tremendous amount from our experiences this weekend and will come prepared and focused into next year.”
ETSU took the doubles point after wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots. At the top-seed Lyn Yee Choo and Ana Gerbasi defeated Sarah Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) and Elizabeth Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS), 8-1. Playing two doubles, Sofia Espana and Salma Dahbi escaped defeat as they narrowly beat Johanna Sterkel (Schwetzingen, Germany/Carl-Theodor-Schule HS) and Bettina Botha (Cape Town, South Africa/De Kuilen HS), 8-7 (7-5), to clinch the point for the Bucs.
In singles, the Bucs grabbed two quick wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions to go up 3-0. Choo defeated Sarah Means 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1, while at No. 3 Guilia Andreazza beat Sterkel 6-1, 6-0.
Preventing ETSU to leave FGCU blank was Candela Munoz (Alicante, Spain/Troy) posting a point for the Eagles with a win at No. 4. Handing Sofia Espana a straight-set loss, Munoz took the first set, 6-3, and dominated the second for a win of 6-2.
Unfortunately for the Eagles their scoring ways ended there as the next match to finish clinched the contest for ETSU as Gerbasi defeated Breana Stampfli (Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago/St. Joseph’s Convent), 7-6 (7-2), 6-3, in the No. 2 slot.
“I would be amiss if I didn’t thank our two seniors, Bettina and Gyanna, for what they have given to FGCU women’s tennis over the last four years,” Vernon said. “Their contributions to this program have been tremendous. Bettina was an amazing captain this year. We are deeply grateful to them.”
FGCU: 1 ETSU: 4
1. Lyn Yee Choo/Ana Gerbasi (ETSU) def. Sarah Means/Elizabeth Means (FGCU) 8-1
2. Sofia Espana/Salma Dahbi (ETSU) def. Bettina Botha/Johanna Sterkel (FGCU) 8-7 (7-5)
3. Jessica Brumit/Giulia Andreazza (ETSU) vs. Candela Munoz Giron/Breana Stampfli (FGCU) 6-5 DNF
1. Lyn Yee Choo (ETSU) def. Sarah Means (FGCU) 6-2, 6-1
2. Ana Gerbasi (ETSU) def. Breana Stampfli (FGCU) 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
3. Giulia Andreazza (ETSU) def. Johanna Sterkel (FGCU) 6-1, 6-0
4. Candela Munoz Giron (FGCU) def. Sofia Espana (ETSU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Elizabeth Means (FGCU) vs. Jessica Brumit (ETSU) no result
6. Salma Dahbi (ETSU) def. Bettina Botha (FGCU) 5-3 DNF