FRIDAY, APRIL 01, 2011
Women’s tennis wins fourth in a row with victory over FGCU
Victories in the top-three singles matches along with the doubles-play point propelled the JU women’s tennis team to a 5-2 win over Florida Gulf Coast University on Friday afternoon in an Atlantic Sun matchup at the Keith Watson Family Tennis Complex.
The Dolphins (14-4, 5-3) improved to 10-3 at home in winning for the fourth time overall and sixth in the past seven matches. FGCU dropped to 9-8 and 4-5.
Senior Eve Castaing continued her season-long dominance, winning her eighth consecutive singles match in defeating Morgan Bechtel, 6-2, 6-2 from the first spot. Castaing is 16-2 with all matches coming from first-singles, meaning the almost 90-percent winning percentage has come despite facing the best player on each team in most contests.
Freshman Gabriela Bartos and Flavia Nagayama won in straight sets in second and third singles, respectively, to hand JU the victory. The Dolphins won the additional team point by taking two-of-three doubles matches.
Bartos’ 13 singles-wins trails only Castaing and Nagayama for the team lead. Nagayama, a fellow freshman, is also 16-2 and has won her last seven.
Virginia Iwinski rounded out JU’s winning ways, moving past Gyanna Mandic, 6-4, 6-3 at fifth singles for her fourth straight victory. The junior is 12-5 on the season.
JU will be in action on Saturday when it tries to extend its winning streak against Stetson at home. Match time is set for 2 p.m.