Women’s tennis scores three wins over Purdue to start Bonita Bay Classic


BONITA SPRINGS, Florida. – FGCU women’s tennis picked up three wins against Purdue on Friday to kick off the Bonita Bay Classic.

“Today was a great opportunity to compete,” said the head coach Courtney Vernon said. “The ladies really enjoyed playing Bonita Bay again, and we had some really good games this afternoon. We’re looking forward to playing Notre Dame tomorrow.”

The Emma Bardet (France) and Ida Ferding (Sweden) picked up the FGCU’s only doubles win against the Boilermakers, winning handily 6-2. Alba Retortillo and Gabriela Macias forced a seven-point tiebreaker in their doubles match but would ultimately fall 7-6 (7-3).

Pudue has won two of three doubles matches against the Eagles and four of six singles battles.

In simple, both Amelia Kopel (Poland) and Ferding produced victories for the Greens and Blues. Kopel rallied for an impressive win from behind to defeat Kennedy Gibbs 0-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-4. A 10-point tiebreaker was played instead of a third set.

Ferding also scored a three-set victory with a 6-0, 3-6, 10-7 performance on clay. Girl whose birthday it is Fanny Norin gave up their battle in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 10-5.

Isabelle Colmenares, Jordana Ossa and Bardet were each knocked down in singles in singles play.

The FGCU will be back in action on Saturday for day two of the Bonita Bay Classic as the Eagles take on Notre Dame from 3 p.m.

RESULTS (Purdue v. FGCU)


Berdet/Ferding (FGCU) def. Gibbs/Norman def. 6-2
Galindo/Milic bat. Macias/Retortillo (FGCU) 7-6 (7-3)
Larranga/Pareja beats. Norin/Kopel (FGCU) 6-4

Norman, Liz won. Colmenares, Isabelle (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 beats. 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

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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