FORT MYERS, Fla. – Under blue skies and a crowd of over 300, the FGCU women’s tennis team bounced back from Saturday’s 4-3 loss to FIU with a 7-0 shutout over Bethune-Cookman Sunday afternoon at the FGCU Tennis Complex.
The Eagles move to 3-3 on the season, while the Wildcats fall to 1-1.
“The girls competed well today,” head coach Courtney Vernon said. “They were able to work on areas of their game they needed to keep improving on. Today was another great opportunity to grow. We are looking forward to competing again on Wednesday at USF.”
The Eagles started down their road to a shutout by winning two doubles matches for a 1-0 lead. Combining to get FGCU’s first win of the day were Johanna Sterkel (Schwetzingen, Germany/Carl-Theodor-Schule HS) and Bettina Botha (Cape Town, South Africa/De Kuilen HS) as they made quick work of B-CU’s Gaby Chinchilla and Chinatsu Kajiwara, winning the two doubles match 6-3. Clinching the doubles point for the Eagle were Breana Stampfli (Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago/St. Joseph’s Convent) and Gyanna Mandic (Oshowa, Canada/Edison Academies) as they downed a pair from B-CU 7-5.
Through singles play the Green and Blue stuck to their plan for success, winning all six matches, five of which in straight sets. First off the court was Stampfli, who proved to be too much for B-CU’s Maria Sablina, routing her to a 6-1, 6-4 loss in the No. 2 match.
Next to finish was Botha, downing Ancia Ifill a quick 6-3, 6-1, to pick up her first singles win in a dual match this season. Also winning in a dominant fashion was Elizabeth Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) as she topped Gaby Chinchilla 6-1, 6-2, in the four singles match.
Keeping her unbeaten streak alive was Candela Munoz (Alicante, Spain/Troy), who didn’t have any trouble putting Elizabeth Nyenwe away, winning the No. 5 match 6-1, 6-0. Munoz’s win improves her to 7-0 this season.
Rounding out the wins for the Eagles were Sterkel’s 6-1, 7-5 defeat of Chinatsu Kajiwara and Sarah Means’ (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-6) comeback victory over Mina Matsuba.
In attendance at Sunday’s match was Association of Tennis Professionals world-ranked No. 22 Kevin Anderson. A long-time friend of FGCU men’s tennis head coach CJ Weber, Anderson turned pro in 2007 and has career wins over some of tennis’ best including Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray.
The Green and Blue will return to action as they travel to Tampa for a dual match against USF on Feb. 5 at 11 a.m.
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FGCU men's and women's tennis with ATP No. 22 Kevin Anderson
Order of finish: (1, 2, 3)
1. Matsuba/Sablina (BCU) def. Means/Means (FGCU) 6-4
2. Botha/Sterkel (FGCU) def. Chinchilla/Kajiwara (BCU) 6-3
3. Mandic/Stampfli (FGCU) def. Dimitrova/Nyenwe (BCU) 7-5
Order of finish: (2,6,4,5,3,1)
1. Sarah Means (FGCU) def. Mina Matsuba (BCU) 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-6)
2. Breana Stampfli (FGCU) def. Maria Sablina (BCU) 6-1, 6-4
3. Johanna Sterkel (FGCU) def. Chinatsu Kajiwara (BCU) 6-1, 7-5
4. Elizabeth Means (FGCU) def. Gaby Chinchilla (BCU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Candela Munoz Giron (FGCU) def. Elizabeth Nyenwe (BCU) 6-1, 6-0
6. Bettina Botha (FGCU) def. Ancia Ifill (BCU) 6-3, 6-1