04 Nov Women’s Tennis to Conclude Fall Season at Bonita Bay
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s tennis team wraps up the fall season with the FGCU Collegiate Open at the Bonita Bay Club this weekend where the Eagles will take on some three power-five programs.
In the hidden-dual format, the Eagles will take on Purdue on Friday, Colorado on Saturday, and Notre Dame to close out the weekend on Sunday. All of FGCU’s matches will be at 4 p.m.
In the final ITA rankings a season ago, Notre Dame and Colorado were in the top-75 while Purdue had six wins in the strong Big Ten conference.
The Ealges will look to continue their strong play after defeating Keiser, 6-1, two weeks ago. Freshman Isabella Colmenares (San Cristobal, Venezuela/Colegio XXIII) is undefeated this season after going 5-0 to win the Bedford Cup singles title before adding a win against Keiser. Sophomore Jordana Ossa (Miami, Fla./John A. Ferguson Senior HS/Wisconsin) is second on the team with four wins after picking up a win against Keiser to go along with her three wins at the Bedford Cup.
In doubles, Colmenares and junior Alba Retortillo (Leon, Spain/La Anunciata) lead the Eagles with four wins on the year so far.
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