ELON, N.C. – After tying the match through doubles play and one singles match, the Elon University women’s tennis team fell behind as Florida Gulf Coast earned three unanswered points in singles play and the Phoenix fell 4-3 on Friday afternoon, Feb. 19, at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center.
“Although we didn’t get the result we wanted today, the team played a competitive match against a good Florida Gulf Coast team,” said head coach Elizabeth Anderson. “Our team has dealt with some key injuries this season, but our players have shown a lot of improvement and have gotten better every week against good competition.”
Taylor Casey and Erica Braschi led the way for Elon (1-6), as each player finished 2-0 for the day. The duo teamed up at No. 2 doubles and earned a lone win for the Phoenix. Braschi then won at No. 2 singles and Casey picked up a win at No. 5 singles.
FGCU (3-2) took the 1-0 advantage clinching the doubles point on courts one and three. After the Eagles took court one, Casey and Braschi took a 6-2 victory at No. 2 doubles. FGCU clinched the point as Breana Stampfli and Laura Falceto Font earned a 6-4 win against Olivia Lucas and Natalia Janowicz.
Suzanne Zenoni started singles off well for the Phoenix cruising to a 6-2, 6-1 win over Julianna Curtis at No. 4 to tie the match 1-1. The Eagles the recorded three consecutive singles wins, including a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 win for Stampfli on court one to clinch the victory for FGCU.
Casey and Braschi earned Elon’s final two points. Casey defeated Falceto Font 6-1, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5) at No. 5 and Braschi earned a hard-fought 5-7, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 victory on court two.
Elon heads to Raleigh tomorrow for a matchup against the No. 65-ranked NC State Wolfpack at 3 p.m.
Tennis Match Results
Florida Gulf Coast University vs Elon
Feb 19, 2016 at Elon, N.C.
(Jimmy Powell Tennis Center)
Florida Gulf Coast University 4, Elon 3
1. STAMPFLI, Breana (FGCU) def. Olivia Lucas (ELON) 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
2. Erica Braschi (ELON) def. ASCUA, Julia (FGCU) 5-7, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
3. MEANS, Elizabeth (FGCU) def. Natalia Janowicz (ELON) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
4. Suzanne Zenoni (ELON) def. CURTIS, Julianna (FGCU) 6-2, 6-1
5. Taylor Casey (ELON) def. FALCETO FONT, Laura (FGCU) 6-1, 1-6, 7-6 (7-5)
6. LANDERT, Alexandra (FGCU) def. Kamilla Beisenova (ELON) 6-4, 6-3
1. CURTIS, Julianna/ASCUA, Julia (FGCU) def. Kirsten Ward/Suzanne Zenoni (ELON) 6-2
2. Taylor Casey/Erica Braschi (ELON) def. LANDERT, Alexandra/MEANS, Elizabeth (FGCU) 6-2
3. STAMPFLI, Breana/FALCETO FONT, Laura (FGCU) def. Olivia Lucas/Natalia Janowicz (ELON) 6-4
Florida Gulf Coast University 3-2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,6,3,1,5,2)