Women’s Tennis Excels in Consolation Bracket at USTA/ITA Southeast Regional
Saturday, October 20, 2012 | by Patrick Pierson (@Pierson_SID)
Sarah Means defeated Georgia's Lilly Kimbell, who went 23-10 in singles in 2011-12. (Photo by Dennis Snyder)
Sarah Means defeated Georgia's Lilly Kimbell, who went 23-10 in singles in 2011-12. (Photo by Dennis Snyder)

TAMPA, Fla. – FGCU women’s tennis sophomore Sarah Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) picked up one of the biggest singles wins in program Division I history on Saturday at the USTA/ITA Southeast Regional held at USF, defeating Georgia’s Lilly Kimbell in straight sets in the consolation bracket.

An A-Sun All-Conference second team honoree as a freshman in 2011-12, Means defeated Kimbell, 6-2 and 6-2 to advance to the afternoon Round of 16. An ALL-SEC second team and SEC Championship All-Tournament team choice en route to helping Georgia finish with a 24-5 record and top 5 national ranking, Kimbell went 23-10 in singles action last year.

“Sarah’s victory was a tremendous win for the program,” said head coach Jen Gabou. “Sarah went out today and represented FGCU in a match against a big time program. This is a special day for FGCU women’s tennis.”

Sarah Means’ run in the consolation bracket came to an end right after the historic win, as she fell to Roudami from Georgia Southern, 6-4 and 7-5.

Freshman Elizabeth Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) also started the consolation bracket with a straight set victory. Elizabeth took down Georgia Southern’s Klein, 6-4 and 6-4, before falling to Janowicz from Florida in the Round of 16.

Consolation Singles Bracket
Round of 32 - Saturday
Sarah Means (FGCU) def. Lilly Kimbell (Georgia) – 6-2, 6-2
Elizabeth Means (FGCU) def. Klein (Georgia Southern) – 6-4, 6-4
Gragan (Georgia State) def. Morgan Bechtel (FGCU) – 6-3, 6-2
Sagarelli (FSU) def. Johanna Sterkel (FGCU) – 6-1, 6-1

Round of 16 – Saturday
Roudami (Georgia State) def. Sarah Means (FGCU) – 6-4, 7-5
Janowicz (Florida) def. Elizabeth Means (FGCU) – 6-0, 6-1

Doubles Draw
Round of 32 - Friday
Sterkel/Botha (FGCU) def. Hollander/Conningham (UNF) – 8-6
Schleich/Erkin (FSU) def. Means/Means (FGCU) – 8-1

Round of 16 – Saturday
Sterkel/Botha vs. Collins/Janowicz (Florida) def. Sterkel/Botha (FGCU) – 8-2

Singles Draw
Round of 64 - Friday
D. Borthwick (FSU) def. Sarah Means (FGCU) – 6-0, 6-1
E. Vasenina (USF) def. Morgan Bechtel (FGCU) – 7-6(5), 6-2
G. Boha (FIU) def. Johanna Sterkel (FGCU) – 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
R. Periera (UNF) def. Elizabeth Means (FGCU) – 6-2, 7-5