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Women’s tennis stunned by Stetson

The FGCU women’s tennis team was stunned for the second straight season as they fell this year in the semi-finals of the ASUN Tournament. Last year, the Eagles were upset in the ASUN finals to UNF, and for the second straight year, had a 3-2 lead before dropping the final two matches. These teams played a week ago and FGCU swept the Hatters 7-0, but that would become moot in a single elimination format in the ASUN Tournament. ASUN Player of the Year Maya Ornberg and Second Team member Julia Ascua were beat without much of a fight as...

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Men’s tennis suffers 4-3 loss to Stetson in ASUN semi-finals

In the men’s tennis ASUN semi-finals, the Eagles suffered a tough 4-3 loss at the hands of Stetson. FGCU finished its season with an overall record of 9-12 and a conference record of 3-3. “I’m extremely proud of this team today,” said head coach CJ Weber. “This was honestly our best match of the year. The guys competed with a lot of attitude, grit, and fire, they were there for each other start to finish. I thought if we did that, we would win the match, but Stetson took it from us today. They played a great match and...

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Men’s Tennis Advances to A-SUN Semis

The FGCU men’s tennis team (9-11) have advanced to the semifinals of the A-SUN Conference Tournament. The Eagles, who entered as the No. 3 seed, defeated the No. 6 seed NJIT (6-19) 4-1 in the quarterfinals. With the win, the Eagles are now 4-2 against the Highlanders. “I thought today was a good day for us,” said head coach CJ Weber. “We took care of business in doubles and then in singles, we did what we’ve been trying to focus on. The conditions today were extremely tough, so you know you aren’t going to play your best tennis. It...

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Men’s Tennis Put Three on A-SUN Second Team

As the FGCU men’s tennis team (8-11, 3-3 A-SUN) prepare for the A-SUN Conference Tournament, three of the players were named on the A-SUN All-Conference Second Team: senior Austin Bates, sophomore Felipe Ramirez and junior Javier Fernandez. Along with A-SUN All-Freshman Team honors, Bates has earned second team honors for the second time in his career at FGCU. The Marietta native compiled a 4-1 record in A-SUN play and a 6-2 record overall at No. 6 singles. In addition, Bates also holds an 8-8 record in doubles, playing with junior Felipe Escobar at primarily No. 3 doubles. Bates has...

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FGCU Women’s Tennis earns 13 ASUN Awards

After a second consecutive undefeated ASUN Regular Season, the ASUN handed out 13 different All-Conference and All-Academic awards to the FGCU Women’s Tennis team. Maya Ornberg was named the unanimous ASUN Player of the Year. Other notable awards given out were to head Coach Courtney Vernon, who won her second straight outright ASUN Coach of the Year following a 6-0 record in conference play. Playing at No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles with Ornberg, Julia Ascua was named to the First Team with Ornberg. Nearly the entire Second Team consisted of Eagles as Patricia Villar and Madison Gallegos...

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Women’s Tennis Claims A-SUN Regular Season Championship

The FGCU women’s tennis team (9-7, 5-0 A-SUN) claimed their second straight A-SUN regular season championship as they defeated UNF (15-7, 5-1 A-SUN) by a score of 4-3. The win for the Eagles was the second straight win against UNF and the Eagles are now 2-13 s against the Ospreys. In addition to the win, the Eagles are now the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. “I am really proud of this team, and the fight they show,” said head coach Courtney Vernon. “North Florida is always tough. We are excited for another opportunity to compete on Saturday,...

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Conference bests meet in crucial ASUN matchup

The FGCU women’s tennis team will travel to UNF on Thursday for a rematch of last seasons ASUN Championship at 3 p.m. Both these teams come in with perfect records in ASUN Play this season as they did last season when they met in the match of the regular season which the Eagles won. UNF has played six more matches then then Eagles and a much less tougher conference schedule. The Eagles are 8-7 on the season, but have has a loss at #17 Miami as well as Georgia State, Tennessee and Michigan State. While in conference season, FGCU...

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Women’s Tennis Tops Upstate 7-0

The FGCU women’s tennis team (8-7, 4-0 A-SUN) capped off the weekend on another strong note, shutting out USC Upstate (1-17, 0-4 ASUN) 7-0. With the win, the Eagles are now 3-0 against the Highlanders. “We are growing every time we play,” stated head coach Courtney Vernon. “What makes this experience so fun is the ladies’ commitment to growth and committing to their plan when it gets uncomfortable. The ladies are acting mature and in control. It’s exciting to be a part of this team’s journey.” The Eagles began with a quick, solid performance in doubles as the duo...

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Men’s Tennis Strikes Upstate 6-1

The FGCU men’s tennis team (8-10, 3-2 A-SUN) wrapped up their second matchup at home as the Eagles defeated USC Upstate (5-17, 0-5 A-SUN) by a score of 6-1. With the win, the Eagles are now 8-6 against the Spartans. “Today was good. This was what our team needs to continue to do,” said head coach CJ Weber. “I feel like this was probably our most successful weekend so far that we put together. Our number one doubles team is playing unbelievably right now, number two has grinded out a couple of really big wins this weekend to win...

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Women’s Tennis Claims 4-3 Conference Opener Over Lipscomb

The FGCU women’s tennis team (5-7, 1-0 A-SUN) sealed the deal with another gutsy game-winner as they defeated Lipscomb (7-10, 0-2 A-SUN) 4-3 at the Ensworth Indoor Tennis Center to open conference. Dating back to last season, the Eagles have now won sevenconsecutive regular season matches, and 12 of the last 13 in their conference slate along with their fourth straight A-SUN conference opener. “Today was a battle,” stated head coach Courtney Vernon. “The girls did a great job adjusting to going indoors. I am proud of the fight in this team and Laura did a great job clinching...

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