BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. – FGCU Women’s Tennis notched three wins over Purdue on Friday kick off the Bonita Bay Classic.
“Today was a great opportunity to compete,” head coach Courtney Vernon said. “The ladies really enjoyed playing a Bonita Bay again, and we had some great matches this afternoon. We are looking forward to playing Notre Dame tomorrow.”
Tea Emma Bardet (France) and Ida Ferding (Sweden) duo posted FGCU’s only doubles win over the Boilermakers, winning handily 6-2. Alba Retortillo and Gabriela Macias forced a seven-point tiebreak in their doubles matchup but would ultimately fall 7-6 (7-3).
Pudue took two out of three double matches against the Eagles and four of six singles battles.
In singles action, both Amelia Kopel (Poland) and Ferding produced victories for the Green and Blue. Kopel rallied for an impressive come-from-behind win to take down Kennedy Gibbs 0-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-4. A 10-point tiebreak was played in lieu of a third set.
Ferding also scored a three-set win with a 6-0, 3-6, 10-7 showing on the clay courts. birthday girl Fanny Norin dropped her three-set battle, 3-6, 6-4, 10-5.
Isabella Colmenares, Jordana Ossa and Bardet were each upended in singles play in straight-set fashion.
FGCU will be back in action Saturday for day two of the Bonita Bay Classic as the Eagles are scheduled to face off against Notre Dame starting at 3 pm
RESULTS (Purdue v. FGCU)
Berdet/Ferding (FGCU) def. Gibbs/Norman def. 6-2
Galindo/Milic def. Macias/Retortillo (FGCU) 7-6 (7-3)
Larranga/Pareja def. Norin/Kopel (FGCU) 6-4
Norman, Liz def. Colmenares, Isabella (FGCU) 6-2, 6-0
Milic, Tara def. Bardet, Emma (FGCU) 6-3, 6-3
Galindo, Rut def. Norin, Fanny (FGCU) 3-6, 6-4, 10-5
Larranaga def. Ossa, Jordana (FGCU) 6-3, 6-2
Kopel, Amelia (FGCU) def. Gibbs, Kennedy 0-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-4
Ferding, Ida (FGCU) def. Pareja, Antonia 6-0, 3-6, 10-7
HEAD COACH COURTNEY VERNON
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