Ossa and Bardet advance to the semi-finals of Vol A in singles

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FORT MYERS, Florida. Jordana Ossa (Miami, Florida) and Emma Bardet (France) advanced to the singles main draw semi-finals with victory at the Bedford Cup on Saturday.

“Today was another great opportunity to compete,” said the head coach Courtney Vernon said. “Emma and Jordana both had some really good wins, and they’re both playing for a place in the championship tomorrow morning. Fanny and Amelia got to the doubles final today, and we had a lot more very good games. The ladies can’t wait to compete again tomorrow.”

Bardet beat a non-FIU ranked Kamila Umarova 7-6 (6-8), 2-6 and 7-5 to reach the semifinals. At the start of the weekend, No. 119 Umarova was the highest-ranked singles player and the only one to compete in the Bedford Cup.

Ossa defeated her own Panther FIU in straight sets to qualify, beating Ekaterina Khairutdinova 6-2, 7-5. On Friday, Bardet and Ossa picked up two wins apiece to reach Saturday’s semifinal.

Berdet will face Emma Shelton of Florida and Ossa will face Jasmine Makela of North Florida in the final on Sunday. The winner of both matches will advance to the main draw singles final, a potential all-green and blue clash.

Both semi-final matches are scheduled to start at 8 a.m. at the FGCU Tennis Complex. The singles main draw final is set for 11:30 a.m.

In doubles, the Bardet and Ida Ferding (Sweden) lost 6-1 in the main draw semi-final to Kamila Umarova and Ekaterina Khairutdinova (FIU). Berdet and Ferding recorded a 6-4 win over USF’s Sierra Berry and Grace Schumacher to reach the semifinals.

In double-handed flight B, Fanny Norin (Sweden) and Ameila Kopel (Poland) made an appearance in the final, losing 8-4 to North Florida’s Kendall Nash and Annabelle Davis.

Isabelle Colmenares (Venezuela) picked up a singles victory in the consolation action of Flight A, and Kopel also picked up a victory in the consolation bracket of Flight B. With the wins, Kopel advanced to the consolation final Fight B and Colmenares for the Flight A consolation semi-final.

Colmenares will face Anias Gabriel (Stetson), and Kopel will face Kirstina Miletic (FIU) tomorrow morning.

VOL A: SINGLES QUARTER-FINALS

Emma Bardet defeated #119 Kamila Umarova (FIU) 7-6 (8-6), 6-2, 10-5

Jordana Ossa defeated Megan Forster (North Florida) 6-2, 7-5

VOL A: SINGLES CONSOLATION QUARTER-FINALS

Isabelle Colmenares beats Amber McGinnis (FAU) 6-2, 6-0
Grace Schumacher (USF) defeated Ida Ferding 6-3, 3-6, 10-7

VOL A: QUARTER-FINALS IN DOUBLE
Emma Bardet and Ida Ferding beats Cliona Walsh and Laura Pellicer Perello (USF) 6-2

FLIGHT A: DOUBLE SEMI-FINALS
Kamila Umarova and Ekateria Khairutdinove (FIU) defeats Emma Bardet and Ida Ferding 6-1

VOL B: SINGLES CONSOLATION SEMI-FINALS

Ameila Kopel defeated Claudia Sumaia (Florida A&M) 7-5, 6-2

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

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