A Fab Five From @FGCU_WTEN Into Finals Of FGCU Spring Invite
Sunday, January 19, 2014 | by Sara Roberts (@Saraannerob)
Senior Gyanna Mandic helped win the B Flight doubles titles in 2013 and looks to do it again tomorrow in the final day of the FGCU Spring Invite (photo courtesy of Linwood Ferguson)
Senior Gyanna Mandic helped win the B Flight doubles titles in 2013 and looks to do it again tomorrow in the final day of the FGCU Spring Invite (photo courtesy of Linwood Ferguson)

FORT MYERS, Fla. – With day two of the FGCU Spring Invite drawing to a close the FGCU women’s tennis team exits the courts with five of its members still alive in the hunt for a main draw title. The Eagles racked up seven wins in day two bringing their total up to 19 for the weekend.

“The team had another display of competitive tennis today,” head coach Courtney Vernon said. “We have five members into the finals, one in each of the three singles finals and a team into a doubles final. I’m excited for these girls as they’re working to achieve goals each day of this tournament.”

FGCU has shown to be the all-around dominant team throughout the tournament with its chance to clinch four of the five possible titles serving as proof. In the 2013 FGCU Spring Invite the Eagles took home the B Flight doubles title and collected a total 15 victories.

With three straight-set wins in the semifinals, the Green and Blue continued to control the singles game in every bracket as they send a member to the finals in each of the three draws. Paving the way in the A Flight is Sarah Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) after a 6-4, 6-1 defeat of Polina Konop from Northwestern State. She will return Monday to face Iowa State’s Ksenia Pronina, who she defeated 6-4, 7-5 in Friday afternoon’s dual match against the Cyclones. Joining her sister in the title race is Elizabeth Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) after a dominating 6-0, 6-2 win over Arkansas State’s Julie Gauguery in the B Flight semifinals. In tomorrow’s final, Means will take on Kateryna Piatakova of Northwestern State, who downed FGCU’s Bettina Botha (Cape Town, South Africa/De Kuilen HS), 7-6 (2), 6-2, in the B Flight semifinals. Rounding out the singles trio is team newcomer Candela Munoz Giron (Alicante, Spain/Troy) whose seemingly effortless 6-1, 6-0 win over NSU’s Petya Simeonova puts her in the C Flight finals against FAU’s Taylor Briggs.

After just four matches this season, new doubles partners Breana Stampfli (Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago/St. Joseph’s Convent) and Gyanna Mandic (Oshowa, Canada/Edison Academies) show an on-court chemistry resembling that of a pair that has played together for years. In the B Flight semifinals the two Eagles topped FAU’s Taylor Briggs and Kandis Legall, 7-6 (7-4), for a spot in the finals. Outscoring their opponents 25-14 after four matches, the duo will face NSU’s Kateryna Piatakova and Natalya Krutova with defense of the B Flight Doubles title on the line.

The Green and Blue will conclude the action of open weekend with day three of the FGCU Spring Invitational on Monday at 8:00 a.m. For complete coverage of FGCU women’s tennis follow us on Twitter at @FGCU_WTEN and visit www.FGCUAthletics.com where full recaps and results will be available at the end of each day.


Sarah Means (FGCU) def. Polina Konop (NSU) – 6-4, 6-1 

Breana Stampfli (FGCU) def. Janie Nowland (ASU) – 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6)
Johanna Sterkel (FGCU) def. Biljana Milosevska (ASU) – 6-1, 6-2

Elizabeth Means (FGCU) def.  Julie Gauguery (ASU) – 6-0, 6-2
Kateryna Piatakova (NSU) def. Bettina Botha (FGCU) – 7-6 (2), 6-2 

Gyanna Mandic (FGCU) def. Victoria Pisani – 7-5, 6-3

Candela Munoz Giron (FGCU) def. Petya Simeonova (NSU) – 6-1, 6-0

Cassens/Gasparovic (ISU) def. Means/Means (FGCU) – 7-5

Boos/Ene (FAU) def. Botha/Sterkel (FGCU) – 7-5

Mandic/Stampfli (FGCU) def. Briggs/Legall (FAU) – 7-6 (7-4)

8 am -   Final rounds of singles and Doubles