Women’s Tennis Cruises to Victory over Keiser

Women’s Tennis Cruises to Victory over Keiser

FORT MYERS, Fla. – In its first home match of the season, the FGCU women’s tennis team defeated Keiser, 6-1, Friday afternoon at the FGCU Tennis Complex.

The Eagles swept all three doubles matches before taking five of the six singles matches.

“Today was a great opportunity to compete,” said head coach Courtney Vernon. ” We do not always play dual matches in the fall so having the new ladies see what a match will be like in season is a great experience. It was a gift to compete today and we are grateful.”

In doubles action, junior Ida Ferding (Vasteras, Sweden/Akademi Bastad Gymnasium) and junior Emma Bardet (Vichey, France/Long Beach State) took their match one court one, 6-3, before sophomores Fanny Norin (Stockholm, Sweden/Thoren Business School) and Jordana Ossa (Miami, Fla./John A. Ferguson Senior HS/Wisconsin) clinched the doubles point with a 6-2 win at No. 3.

Junior Alba Retortillo (Leon, Spain/La Anunciata) and freshman Isabella Colmenares (San Cristobal, Venezuela/Colegio Juan XXIII) went on to complete their doubles match as well, winning, 7-5.

In singles, Bardet quickly took down her opponent, 6-0, 6-1 on court four to put the Eagles up 2-0 in the match. Ossa followed with a 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 3 before Colmenares clinched the match for the Eagles with a 6-3, 6-2 win on court two.

As the match continued, freshman Lola Glantz (Lueneberg, Germany/Fernuniversitat) won on court six, 6-4, 6-0 while Keiser picked up its lone win of the day on court one, a 6-2, 6-4 win by Nicole Coopersmith over Ferding.

In the longest match of the day, Retortillo dropped herfirst set, 7-6 (5), but bounced back to win the second set, 7-5. The match was decided with a 10-point tiebreaker, which Retortillo prevailed in, 10-8.

The Eagles will wrap up the fall season on November 5-7 when they host the Bonita Bay Classic. The spring dual season will begin in January.

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