Women’s Tennis Makes it Five in a Row with Win Over Kennesaw State
Saturday, March 23, 2013 | by Andrew Piper (@ADPiper7)
FGCU is now 4-1 on the road this season. (Photo by Dennis Snyder)
FGCU is now 4-1 on the road this season. (Photo by Dennis Snyder)

ATLANTA, Ga. – The FGCU women’s tennis team (10-3, 4-0 A-Sun) kept its winning streak intact to make it five consecutive victories by putting away Kennesaw State 4-1 on Saturday afternoon in a match that was played at Georgia Tech due to in climate weather in parts of Georgia.

“Last night while driving over from Mercer we listened to the men’s basketball game and it was an amazing moment for our team,” said head coach Jennifer Gabou. “Today going onto the courts it was a totally different feeling after seeing your school on ESPN, a tweet from (President) Obama and the world now knows who FGCU is. That was definitely in the back of our minds in the tough moments today.”

The No. 3 doubles team, made up of sisters Elizabeth Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) and Sarah Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS), won their match 8-2 to leave it up to the No. 2 FGCU doubles team of Gyanna Mandic (Oshowa, Canada/Edison Academies) and Johanna Sterkel (Schwtzingen, Germany/Carl-Theodor-Schule HS) to clinch the doubles point for the Eagles. Mandic and Sterkel sealed the deal with a hard-fought 8-6 victory to capture the doubles point.

For the fifth time in as many matches, the Green and Blue took the doubles point to start the dual match up 1-0 heading into singles play.

A 6-2, 6-3 straight set singles victory by Bettina Botha (Cape Town, South Africa/De Kuilen HS) and a singles win by Elizabeth Means, also in straight sets, put FGCU up 3-0 as the Eagles took a commanding lead in the dual match.

Kennesaw State drew closer after taking the No. 3 singles match, but FGCU would not let them hang around for long. After a doubles point clinching victory earlier in the day, it was up to Gyanna Mandic once again to seal it for the Eagles, this time with the dual match decision on the line. After having dropped the first set, Mandic remained tough to take the next two sets to clinch a 4-1 dual match victory for FGCU.

“Gyanna (Mandic) pulled out a big win today after she dropped the first set 6-0,” said Gabou. “She showed a lot of poise and I have to give credit to Zhoe Solaun who was a designated coach today on her court. Solaun is a big part of our team and is an inspiration every day.”

The Green and Blue will return home for their final two home matches of the 2012-13 season when they take on USC Upstate for the second to last home match on Thursday, March 28 at 2 p.m. Admission to matches at the FGCU Tennis Complex is free.

Following the match, results and a recap from the dual match action will be available at www.FGCUATHLETICS.com.

FGCU 4, Kennesaw State 1
Singles Competition
Order of Finish: (6, 5, 3, 2)
1. S. Means (FGCU) vs. Stein (KSU) – DNF
2. Mandic (FGCU) def. Hueckinghaus (KSU) – 0-6, 6-2, 7-5
3. Apostu (KSU) def. Sterkel (FGCU) – 5-7, 6-2, 6-1
4. Bechtel (FGCU) vs. Lagerkvist (KSU) – DNF
5. E. Means (FGCU) def. Plocher (KSU) – 6-1, 6-3
6. Botha (FGCU) def. Castro (KSU) – 6-2, 6-3 

Doubles Competition
Order of Finish: (1, 3, 2)
1. Apostu/Hueckinghaus (KSU) def. Bechtel/Botha (FGCU) – 8-1
2. Mandic/Sterkel (FGCU) def. Stein/Plocher (KSU) – 8-6
3. E. Means/S. Means (FGCU) def. Lagerkvist/LaSure (KSU) – 8-2