FORT MYERS, Fla. – Top-seeded FGCU women’s tennis fell 4-0 to No. 4 Liberty in the ASUN Semifinals on Saturday.
“The ladies played a tough match today, head coach Courtney Vernon said. “Liberty competed better, and they took the match. Of course, we are disappointed but will look to learn from this match and get better for next year.”
FGCU finished the 2021-22 campaign 14-7 overall. Liberty (19-7) will now face No. 2 Stetson in the ASUN Championship on Sunday at 10 am from the FGCU Tennis Complex. The championship match will be aired on ESPN +.
No. 2 Stetson defeated No. 3 North Florida 4-3 in a match that was determined by a remaining singles match that went into a third-set tiebreaker.
Liberty captured the doubles point over the Eagles, and then secured four singles victories en route to its advancing win. At the time of the clinching point, Fanny Norin had won her first set 7-5 and was up 4-2 in the second.
Norin, Isabella Colmenares and Jordana Ossa each won their first set in singles. Colmenares won 6-2 on court No. 2, and Ossa won on court No. 5 in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (8-6).
Emma Bardet, Ida Ferding and Alba Retortillo each lost in straight sets.
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HEAD COACH COURTNEY VERNON
FGCU’s women’s tennis team is led by three-time ASUN Coach of the Year Courtney Vernon (9th 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 an 97-67 overall record (.595) and 44-10 conference record (.815).
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