Cyclones Finish Strong on Day One at FGCU Invite
FORT MYERS, Fla.- Day one of the Florida Gulf Coast Invitational in Fort Myers, Fla. ended Saturday afternoon, with two Cyclone pairs headed to the Flight A Doubles Semifinals.
Junior Meghan Cassens and sophomore Ana Gasparovic teamed up to take down Arkansas State’s Janie Nowland and Tamara Slijepcevic, 6-3. Freshman Samantha Budai and junior Ksenia Pronina also defeated Florida Atlantic’s Lyndsey Boos and Catalina Ene, 6-1. Both pairs will move to the doubles semifinals beginning Sunday at 8 a.m. Central Time.
Pronina will also move on to the semifinals of the Flight A Singles. After a first-round bye, Pronina defeated Arkansas State’s Janie Nowland, 7-6 (5), 6-3. Gasparovic put up a huge fight in the first round, taking the win over Florida Atlantic’s Stephanie Cardullo, 6-4, 4-6, 14-12, before losing in quarterfinals to FGCU’s Elizabeth means, 6-1, 6-1. Singles play will continue Sunday at 9 a.m. Central Time.
In backdraws, Freshman Lydia Green defeated FGCU’s Gyanna Mandic, 6-1, 6-1, while senior Emma Waites received a bye.
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DAY ONE RESULTS
DOUBLES- FLIGHT A
Cassens/Gasparovic (ISU) def. Nowland/Slijepcevic (ASU) – 6-3
Budai/Pronina (ISU) def. Boos/Ene (FAU) – 6-1
DOUBLES- FLIGHT B
Mandic/Stampfli (FGCU) def. Andersen/Waites (ISU) – 6-4
SINGLES- FLIGHT A
Round of 16
Ksenia Pronina (ISU) – BYE
Biljana Milosevska (ASU) def. Samantha Budai (ISU) – 7-5, 6-3
Polina Konop (NSU) def. Meghan Cassens (ISU) – 7-6 (2), 6-2
Ksenia Pronina (ISU) def. Janie Nowland (ASU) – 7-6 (5), 6-3
Natalya Krutova (NSU) def. Samantha Budai (ISU) – 6-4, 7-5
Natalia Tomascewicz (FAU) def. Meghan Cassens (ISU) – 6-4, 6-4
SINGLES- FLIGHT B
Round of 16
Jess Heeps-Eriksen (ASU) def. Emma Waites (ISU) – 6-1, 3-6, 10-6
Julie Gauguery (ASU) def. Lydia Green (ISU) – 6-1, 6-4
Ana Gasparovic (ISU) def. Stephanie Cardullo (FAU) – 6-4, 4-6, 14-12
Elizabeth Means (FGCU) def. Ana Gasparovic (ISU) – 6-1, 6-1
Emma Waites (ISU) - BYE
Lydia Green (ISU) def. Gyanna Mandic (FGCU) – 6-1, 6-1
SINGLES- FLIGHT C
Biana Biglione (FAU) def. Caroline Andersen (ISU)– 6-3, 6-2