Women’s Tennis Closes Out Fall Season With Three Wins Versus Memphis

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. – FGCU Women’s Tennis wrapped up both the fall season and the Bonita Bay Classic on Sunday as the Eagles scratched three more wins over Memphis, an NCAA Tournament team a season ago.

“We had a very challenging match with Memphis today,” head coach Courtney Vernon said. “They are a solid team and they pushed us hard. Overall, the weekend was a huge success because we got to play a lot of tennis. One of the great things about competition is that there’s a constant opportunity to grow as a player. The ladies are continuing to make steps each time they compete. Bonita Bay hosted a phenomenal weekend for us. Not only did they host the tennis, they hosted each and everyone of the student athletes at their homes. This club continues to be one of the most supportive clubs in Southwest Florida to us. We are beyond grateful for this weekend and the support of each one of the members and staff.”

The Eagles posted three wins all three days of the event, including three against Purdue and Notre Dame.

Emma Bardet (France) continued to highlight the Eagles by shining in singles action once again on Sunday. Bardet notched her third singles victory of the classic with a come-from-behind victory, winning 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 against Aran Teixido-Garcia. A 10-point tiebreak was played instead of a third set.

On Saturday, Bardet posted her second ranked singles win of the fall against No. 82 overall Julia Andreach from Notre Dame.

Gabriela Macias (Colombia) recorded the other FGCU victory in singles action, taking down her opponent in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.

Both Amelia Kopel (Poland) and Jordana Ossa (Miami, Fla. / Wisconsin) forced a third-set tiebreaker before ultimately falling in their respective matches. The remaining four Eagles lost in straight sets as Memphis won four out of the six singles matchups.

In doubles, the Ossa and Isabella Colmenares (Venezuela) duo posted FGCU’s lone doubles victory, 6-2.

Macias and Alba Retortillo (Spain) squared off against a nationally ranked doubles duo, winning four games versus No. 55 Aran Teixido-Garcia and Emily Meyer as the Tigers would win 6-4.

FGCU will return to action in the spring aiming to repeat as ASUN regular season champions.

RESULTS (Memphis v. FGCU)
Soares/Woog def. Bardet/Ferding (FGCU) 6-0
#55 Teixido-Garcia/Meyer def. Macias/Retortillo (FGCU) 6-4
Ossa/Colmenares (FGCU) def. Tumthong/Grosmann (6-2)

Emma Bardet (FGCU) def. Aran Teixido-Garcia 3-6, 6-4, 10-8
Camilia Soares def. Amelia Kopel (FGCU) 1-6, 6-2, 10-5
Monique Woog def. Jordana Ossa (FGCU) 3-6, 7-6 (3), 10-8
Emily Myer def. Ida Ferding (FGCU) 6-3, 6-3
Gabriela Macias (FGCU) def. Miriam Grosmann 6-4, 6-4
Micah Pierce def. Lola Glantz (FGCU) 6-4, 6-2
Dolavee Tumthong def. Alba Retortillo (FGCU) 6-2, 6-1

FGCU’s women’s tennis team is led by three-time ASUN Coach of the Year Courtney Vernon (10th season) who led the Eagles to back-to-back ASUN regular-season crowns in her fifth season during 2018, adding a third regular-season title in 2022. She has mentored her student-athletes into earning 66 ASUN All-Conference and All-Academic honors, including 2014, 2016, and 2017 ASUN Freshman of the Year as well as the 2016, 2017 and 2019 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the 2018 Player of the Year. Vernon has led the Green and Blue to a 99-73 overall record (.575) and a 44-11 conference record (.800).

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