Bardet Picks Up Two Wins on Day One at Bonita Bay

Bardet Picks Up Two Wins on Day One at Bonita Bay

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s tennis team collected four wins against Purdue on day one of the Bonita Bay Classic, Friday afternoon at the Bonita Bay Club, battling not just the Boilermakers, but also the weather.

“Today we were very grateful to get matches completed with the weather being so up in the air,” said head coach Courtney Vernon .”The girls competed hard and we are looking forward to playing again tomorrow!”

Junior Emma Bardet (Vichy, France/Long Beach State) picked up a pair of wins on Friday as she defeated Tara Milic, 8-4, in singles after partnering with junior Ida Ferding (Vasteras, Sweden/Akademi Bastad Gymnasium) to defeat Csilla Fodor and Seira Shimizu, 6-1, in doubles.

Sophomore Fanny Norin (Stockholm, Sweden/Thoren Business School) and junior Alba Retortillo (Leon, Spain/La Anunciata) also picked up singles wins on the day. Norin defeated Juana Larranaga, 8-7(2), while Retortillo took down Nathalia Gasparin, 8-4.

The Eagles will return to the courts tomorrow when they take on Colorado at 4 p.m. before they wrap up the Bonita Bay Classic on Sunday with a matches against Notre Dame at 12:30 p.m.

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