DeLand, Fla. - The Stetson women's tennis team improved to 6-0 on the season and began its Atlantic Sun Conference schedule at 1-0 with a 6-1 win over visiting FGCU (3-1, 0-1 A-Sun) Saturday afternoon at Mandy Stoll Tennis Center. Five Hatters were winners in singles and doubles on the day with all five singles wins coming in straight sets.
The Hatters quickly seized the doubles point with wins from the freshman tandem of MayaBlue Stauffer-MacDowell (Asheville, N.C.) and Sierra Sullivan (Austin, Texas) 8-2 on Court 2 as well as the preseason A-Sun Doubles Team of the Year, senior Unnati Purushotham (Hyderabad, India) and sophomore Carolina de los Santos (Montevideo, Uruguay) by an 8-4 score on Court 1. Freshman Lindsey Cable and junior Shannon Gunning (Boca Raton, Fla.) added an exclamation point to the doubles session by gutting out an 8-7 win on Court 3.
Cable, de los Santos and Stauffer-MacDowell then reeled off straight-set singles victories over their Eagle opponents to put the outcome away. Purushotham and Gunning delivered fifth and sixth points, respectively, to Stetson; the Hatters would only be denied a shutout by FGCU's Morgan Bechtel outlasting Sullivan 6-2, 11-9 in an extra-length second set.
Stetson will put its perfect record on the line again at 12 p.m. March 3 at home against A-Sun rival USC Upstate. Live Stats will be available at GoHatters.com.
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