Women’s Tennis Welcomes Keiser for Home Opener

Women’s Tennis Welcomes Keiser for Home Opener

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s tennis team is set to host Keiser, Friday afternoon for a rare dual match in the fall season. First serve is set for 1 p.m. from the FGCU Tennis Complex.

Sophomores Fanny Norin (Stockholm, Sweden) and junior Ida Ferding (Vasteras, Sweden/Akademi Bastad Gymnasium are coming off an appearance at the ITA Southeast Regionals this past weekend in Orlando, competing against some of the top players in the region. The pair picked up a doubles win over South Florida while Norin also collected a 6-3, 3-6, 10-3 singles over Anais Gabriel of Stetson.

The rest of the Eagles last competed at the Bedford Cup in Tampa during the first weekend in October. Freshman Isabella Colmenares (San Cristobal, Venezuela/Colegio Juan XXIII) shined bright for FGCU as she went 5-0 to take home the Flight B singles title. She nearly pulled off the double  as she and junior Alba Retortillo (Leon, Spain/La Anungiata) won three doubles matches before falling in the final.

Sophomore Jordana Ossa (Miami, Fla./John A. Ferguson Senior HS/Wisconsin) had a solid showing at the Bedford Cup as well, winning three singles matches and two doubles matches with Norin.

Keiser enters the match as the No. 2 ranked team in the country in NAIA and is led by Nicole Coopersmith, who already has 16 combined wins in two events this season.

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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 85 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 13+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just nine seasons of D-I postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 42 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have earned a top-25 national ranking in their respective sport – including women’s basketball (No. 21, 2020-21), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2021) and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer (2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Green and Blue posted a department-best sixth-place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top-100 showing nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and state of Florida best seven teams earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their Academic Progress Rate in their sport. FGCU also collectively earned a record 3.50 GPA in the classroom in the fall 2020 semester and has outperformed the general University undergraduate population for 23 consecutive semesters. The 2019 Fall, 2020 Spring, and 2020 Fall semesters each saw another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a 3.0-or-higher team GPA. The Eagles also served an all-time high 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.

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