Feb. 9, 2013
Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University women's tennis team dropped a 5-2 match to South Florida opponent Florida Gulf Coast University on Saturday afternoon at Patch Reef Park. The loss dropped the Owls to 0-3 on the season.
FAU picked up singles victories in the No. 2 and No. 6 matches. Sophomore Catalina Ene picked up a 6-3, 6-4 victory over FGCU's Gyanna Mandic. Then, senior Natasha Phillips earned a hard-fought, three-set victory. Phillips won the opening set in a tiebreaker, 7-3, and came back to win the deciding third set in a tiebreaker, 10-2.
The Owls return to the court on Friday, February 15 at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach. The team will also battle Florida A&M University on Saturday, February 16 and Hampton University on Sunday, February 17 while visiting Daytona Beach.
Florida Gulf Coast 5, Florida Atlantic 2
No. 1 Sarah Means (FGCU) def. Marlene Ryan (FAU) 6-4, 7-5
No. 2 Catalina Ene (FAU) def. Gyanna Mandic (FGCU) 6-3, 6-4
No. 3 Morgan Bechtel (FGCU) def. Natasha Basma (FAU) 6-1, 6-3
No. 4 Johanna Sterkel (FGCU) def. Natalia Tomaszewicz (FAU) 6-1, 6-3
No. 5 Elizabeth Means (FGCU) def. Stephanie Cardullo (FAU) 6-4, 6-3
No. 6 Natasha Phillips (FAU) def. Bettina Botha (FGCU) 7-6 (3), 5-7, 1-0 (2)
No. 1 Bechtel/Botha (FGCU) def. Taylor Briggs/Tomaszewicz (FAU) 8-2
No. 2 Mandic/Sterkel (FGCU) def. Ryan/Cardullo (FAU) 8-3
No. 3 S. Means/E. Means (FGCU) and Phillips/Ene unfinished