Women’s Tennis Completes Solid Weekend at Bedford Cup

Women’s Tennis Completes Solid Weekend at Bedford Cup

TAMPA, Fla. – The FGCU women’s tennis team kicked off the 2021-22 season this weekend in Tampa as they participated in the Bedford Cup.

Freshman Isabella Colmenares (San Cristobal, Venezuela/Colegio Juan XXIII) won the Flight B title by going 5-0 in three days. She won the title on Sunday morning by taking down Sierra Berry of USF, 6-3, 1-6, 10-5. Colmenares also nearly won the doubles title as well as she and junior Alba Retortillo (Leon, Spain/La Anungiata) won three matches before falling in the final.


“This weekend was a great way to start our fall season,” said head coach Courtney Vernon. “To have Alba [Retortillo] and Isa [Colmenares] in the doubles final and have Isa win the singles championship is a huge accomplishment as a freshman. We will look to build off this weekend and we are grateful for the opportunity that we had to compete.”

On the first day of the tournament on Friday, Colemenares picked up four wins, two singles and two doubles. She defeated Anique Kattenberg (UCF), 6-2, 6-4, before beating Margriet Timmermans (USF), 6-1, 6-7 (7), 10-8 while she and Retortillo defeated teams from FAU And UNF to advance to the semifinals in doubles.

Retortillo also picked up a singles win on Friday, taking down Millie-Mae Matthews of FAU, 6-4, 7-5.

Junior Ida Ferding (Vasteras, Spain/Akademi Bastad Gymnasium) and sophomore Jordana Ossa (Miami, Fla./John A. Ferguson Senior HS/Wisconsin) picked up straight-sets singles wins on Friday as well.

Ferding and junior Emma Bardet (Vichy, France/Long Beach State) defeated a pair from USF for a doubles wins while sophomore Fanny Norin (Stockholm, Sweden) and Ossa picked up wins over duos from Bethune-Cookman and North Florida on Friday.

On Saturday, Colmenares defeated Ines Bekrar of FIU, 6-1, 6-2 and Grace Eland of USF, 5-7, 6-2, 10-7 to advance to the finals. In doubles, she and Retortillo defeated an FIU pair, 6-2 in the semifinals.

Also on Saturday, Ossa had a hard-fought 1-6, 6-2, 10-8 singles victory over Tess Menten of Stetson before defeating Anslee Long (UNF), 6-2, 2-6, 10-8.

Norin defeated Katerina Filip of FAU, 3-6, 7-5, 10-7 on Saturday while freshman Lola Glantz (Lueneberg, Germany) picked up her first win of the weekend by defeating Laia Pasini of Stetson, 6-1, 6-3.

The Eagles will return to action when they compete in the ITA Regionals on October 14-17 in Orlando.

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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 regular-season crowns in her fifth season in 2018. She has mentored her student-athletes into earning 63 ASUN All-Conference and All-Academic honors, including 2014, 2016, and 2017 ASUN Freshman of the Year as well as the 2016, 2017 and 2019 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the 2018 Player of the Year. Vernon has led the Green and Blue to an 85-64 overall record (.570) and 36-10 conference record (.782).


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