2020 Women's @ASUNTennis Season Preview: FGCU Eagles

2020 Women's @ASUNTennis Season Preview: FGCU Eagles

FGCU Schedule 

ATLANTA, Ga. - As a new year of ASUN Conference Women's Tennis is set to get into full swing, we take a closer look at the FGCU Eagles who begin their 2020 season on January 8.

FGCU is preparing to build upon last season's success as the Eagles entered the ASUN Championship as the No. 4 seed and advanced to the Final match before losing to North Florida. The team finished the regular season with an 11-10 overall record while going 4-3 in conference play. Courtney Vernon's squad welcomes back 2019 All-Conference Team members Maja Ornberg (First Team) and Sara Kelly (Second Team). In No. 1 singles action, Ornberg went 13-6 on the season while Kelly tallied a 9-7 mark in No. 2 singles. Kelly was also part of a doubles team that went 10-3 throughout 2019. Vernon, who has been the Eagles' coach since 2013, looks to take her team to the Championship Final in 2020 for the fifth time in her seven-year tenure.

The Eagles' first seven matches of the season all take place within the State of Florida with the season opener being a home contest against Kentucky, a team that reached the Second Round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. After a quick two-game road trip to Georgia to face Georiga Southern (February 21) and Mercer (February 22), the Eagles return to the FGCU Tennis Complex to host another participant from last year's NCAA Tournament, Florida State. The ASUN slate begins on March 7 when the team battles the Lipscomb Bisons in Fort Myers.

FGCU's Schedule Breakdown
Home Matches: 11
Away Matches: 9
Neutral Matches: 0
First Home Match: vs. Kentucky (January 8)
First Road Match: at FIU (February 1)
Opening ASUN Contest: vs. Lipscomb (March 7)

Roster Breakdown
Seniors: 3
Juniors: 3
Sophomores: 0
Freshmen: 2

Coaching Profile
Head Coach: Courtney Vernon
Alma Mater: South Florida, 2009
Record at FGCU: 72-52

The ASUN Conference is an NCAA Division I league with nine member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The ASUN meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement through a true balance between student and athlete. Six ASUN schools reside in Nielsen Top 50 national media markets, and all nine are in top 80 markets. The ASUN includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Liberty University, Lipscomb University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of North Alabama, University of North Florida and Stetson University. Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., joins the ASUN for the 2020-21 academic year.