Women’s Tennis Comes Up Short At FSU

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The FGCU women’s tennis team (2-1) fought hard Friday against Florida State, but fell to the Seminoles (1-0) 6-1 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Complex.

“Florida State is a tough team, and they came out in doubles competing well,” said FGCU head women’s tennis coach Courtney Vernon. “Today was a great opportunity to grow and get better. The ladies learned a lot from competing today, and we look forward to playing tomorrow morning again.”

Florida State started strong, winning all three doubles matches to begin the day with the point.

In singles, freshman Amelia Kople (Wroclaw, Poland, International School of Wroclaw) and jr Jordana Ossa (Miami, Fla./John A. Ferguson Sr. HS/Wisconsin) dropped their matches respectively, at No. 5 and no. 4th Junior Fanny Norin (Stockholm, Sweden/Thoren Business School) forced a tiebreak in the second set but ultimately dropped her match 6-0, 7-6 (8) at No. 2.

Senior Emma Bardet (Vichey, France/Long Beach State) fell 6-3, 7-5 to 52nd-ranked Anna Arkadianou at No. 1 before Isabella Colmenares (San Cristobal, Venezuela/Juan XXIII College) won FGCU’s only match with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 victory at No. 3.

Junior Ida Ferding (Vasteras, Sweden/Akademi Basted High School) nearly earned the first set against Alice Amendola, but came up just short in a tiebreaker at No. 6.

The Eagles return to the court Saturday, remaining in Tallahassee to face Florida A&M. First serve is set for 10 am


Singles Competition

1. #52 Anna Arkadianou (FSU) def. Emma Bardet (FGCU) 6-3, 7-5
2. Mila Saric (FSU) def. Fanny Norin (FGCU) 6-0, 7-6 (8-6)
3. Isabella Colmenares (FGCU) def. Olympe Lancelot (FSU) 6-4, 1-6, 6-2
4. Vic Allen (FSU) def. Jordana Ossa (FGCU) 6-0, 7-5
5. Ellie Schoppe (FSU) def. Amelia Kople (FGCU) 6-0, 6-4
6. Alice Amendola (FSU) def. Ida Ferding (FGCU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3

Doubles Competition

1. Anna Arkadianou/Vic Allen (FSU) def. Emma Bardet/Ida Ferding (FGCU) 6-3
2. Kianah Motosono/Ellie Schoppe (FSU) def. Jordana Ossa/Gabriela Macias (FGCU) 6-0
3. Millie Bissett/Olympe Lancelot (FSU) def. Fanny Norin/Isabella Colmenares (FGCU) 6-4

Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,4,2,1,3,6)


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