07 Nov Eagles Collect Eight Wins Against Colorado on Day Two of Bonita Bay Classic
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s tennis team returned to the courts on Saturday for day two of the Bonita Bay Classic and walked away with eight wins over Colorado.
“The girls were competing very well today,” said head coach Courtney Vernon. “They had good energy and fight and it showed in the result. We are looking forward to taking this energy into tomorrow for our match against Notre Dame. We were very grateful for the opportunity to compete again.”
The day started with a clean sweep in doubles for the Eagles. Juniors Ida Ferding (Vasteras, Sweden/Akademi Bastad Gymnasium) and Emma Bardet (Vichey, France/Long Beach State) took their match 6-4 while sophomores Fanny Norin (Stockholm, Sweden/Thoren Business School) and Jordana Ossa (Miami, Fla./John A. Ferguson Senior HS/Wisconsin) won their match by the same score.
Junior Alba Retortillo (Leon, Spain/La Anunciata) and freshman Isabella Colmenares (San Cristobal, Venezuela/Colegio Juan XXIII) completed the doubles sweep with a 6-2 win.
In singles, Norin, Retortillo, Ossa, and freshman Lola Glantz (Lueneberg, Germany/Fernuniversitat) all collected straight-set wins. Norin defeated Antonia Balzert, 6-2, 6-2, while Retortillo took her match over Ky Ecton, 6-1, 2-1 (ret). Ossa cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 win over Betina Tokac before Glantz defeated Ellen Puzak, 6-4, 6-2.
Bardet collected the final win on the day for the Eagles as she had to fight back from a set down. After dropping the first set to Sophia Derivan, 4-6, she came back to win the second set, 6-2. The two players then played a 10-point tiebreaker, where Bardet prevailed, 10-7.
The Eagles will conclude the Bonita Bay Classic and the fall season tomorrow afternoon as they will battle Notre Dame at 12:30 p.m.
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HEAD COACH COURTNEY VERNON
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