SPARTANBURG, S.C. - No. 2 FGCU secured a 4-1 victory in the Semifinals of the 2016 Atlantic Sun Women's Tennis Championship over the No. 3 seed Stetson Hatters. The Eagles took the doubles point and secured three wins on the singles court to advance.
The Eagles claimed the doubles point in a tight race to the finish, as courts two and three split results and all the attention landed on court one. The pair of Julia Ascua and Julianna Curtis was able to seal the victory and point for FGCU, defeating Arijana Korac and Isabella Fernandez 6-4.
Julianna Curtis was the first to finish for the Eagles in singles, defeating Stetson's Isabella Fernandez 6-2, 6-3 and pushing the FGCU advantage to 2-0. Stetson would notch a tally on the board quickly after however, as senior Eveline Lepinay recorded a 6-2, 6-2 win on court one over Stampfli to pull within 2-1. That was as close as the Hatters would climb, as FGCU won two more courts to seal the deal.
Scholar-Athlete of the Year Elizabeth Means finished next on court four, defeating Maja Salibasic 6-2, 6-2, sending the attention to a three-set comeback on court two. After dropping the first set to Arijana Korac 6-4, FGCU freshman Julia Ascua pulled back in the second frame 6-4 before prevailing 6-2 in the third to clinch the match for the Eagles.
FGCU will move on to play No. 1 North Florida Sunday, April 23 at 1 p.m. from Spartanburg, S.C.
A-Sun Championship First Round Results
No. 2 FGCU vs. No. 3 Stetson
Apr 23, 2015 at Spartanburg, S.C.
(USC Upstate Tennis Complex)
No. 2 FGCU 4, No. 3 Stetson 1
1. Eveline Lepinay (STET) def. Breana Stampfli (FGCU) 6-2, 6-2
2. Julia Ascua (FGCU) def. Arijana Korac (STET) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
3. Julianna Curtis (FGCU) def. Isabella Fernandez (STET) 6-2, 6-3
4. Elizabeth Means (FGCU) def. Maja Salibasic (STET) 6-2, 6-2
5. Laura Falceto Font (FGCU) vs. Carolina Meregalli (STET) 6-2, 5-4 DNF
6. Alexandra Landert (FGCU) vs. Alexandra Lyubimova (STET) 6-2, 6-7, 1-0 DNF
1. Julia Ascua/Julianna Curtis (FGCU) def. Arijana Korac/Isabella Fernandez (STET) 6-4
2. Maja Salibasic/Alexandra Lyubimova (STET) def. Breana Stampfli/Alexandra Landert (FGCU) 6-3
3. Laura Falceto Font/Elizabeth Means (FGCU) def. Eveline Lepinay/Ashley Dean (STET) 6-2
No. 2 FGCU 12-8
No. 3 Stetson 9-13
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,1,4,2)