Host FGCU Nips Women's Tennis, 4-3

K. Berghaus
K. Berghaus

Fort Myers, Fla.- The UMBC women's tennis team lost a tough 4-3 decision to host Florida Gulf Coast University on Senior Day for the Eagles.

The Retrievers slipped to 8-6 on the season, while FGGU improved to 9-5.

The hosts won the doubles point, winning all three matches by identical 8-4 scores. But UMBC battled the match to a draw as No. 1 freshman Kim Berghaus (Offenbach, Germany), No. 3 sophomore Julia Gregara-Cano (Badajoz, Spain/Fresno State) and No. 5 senior Emily Mannix (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) each triumphed in singles. Berghaus won decisively, 6-4, 6-1, over Morgan Bechtel and Gregara-Cano also won in straight sets, 7-3, 7-6, over Bettina Botha. Mannix won a nail-biter, winning 7-6, 1-6, 10-6 over Bibiana Almeida.

UMBC freshman No. 6 Josefin Stange-Jonsson (Vasteras, Sweden) rallied from a set down to take the deciding match to a third set, but fell, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 to FGCU freshman Gyanna Mandic.

The Retrievers remain in Florida and will play at Florida Atlantic University in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday.