BARRANQUILLA, Colombia – Former women's tennis player standout Breana Stampfli competed in the 23rd taking of the Central American and Caribbean Sports Games this past weekend, nearly medaling for her country of Trinidad and Tobago.
"We are very proud of Breana for representing FGCU so well this past week," said FGCU women's tennis head coach Courtney Vernon." "To beat someone ranked #352 in the world is a huge accomplishment, not to mention making the semifinals." We are grateful for what Breana has given and continues to give to the Eagle family by continuing to grow."
A decorated player in her own right during her time at FGCU, Stampfli (Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago/St. Joseph's Convent) continues to make a name for herself on the global pro circuit. After wrapping up the 2017 season with the Eagles, she went on to capture the BMobile National Open Championship over a year ago in May and now has another international accomplishment to add to her resume.
"There are a lot of positives to take from Barranquilla, I knew it was going to be a very tough tournament with a lot of players ranked in the pro circuit," said Stampfli. "I didn't think of anyone, any rankings, I just took it match-by-match, played my game and fought as hard as I could. I told myself this is what I have worked for my whole life, these moments."
The Port of Spain native began the tournament ousting Bahamian Danielle Thompson (7-6, 6-3) as she then moved onto to the second round where she defeated Kelly Williford of the Dominican Republic in three sets (6-4, 4-6, 6-0). In the quarterfinals is where Stampfli defeated the No. 352**-ranked player out of Colombia in Maria Herazo, dominating in two sets (6-1, 6-2) as she connected at a 77-percent clip on points won on her first serve.
The win set up the semifinals matchup against No. 66**-ranked player Monica Puig as Stampfli's run would come to an end to the eventual gold medal winner out of Puerto Rico, 1-6, 2-6, moving her into the bronze medal match. Battling for third, the St. Joseph Convent product dropped her first set before nearly rallying in the second set, ultimately falling to Giuliana Olmos of Mexico (497**), 1-6, 3-6.
"I created history for my country Trinidad and Tobago by reaching the semifinals and I was one step away from reaching my goal of winning a medal," added Stampfli. "I will train harder and come back stronger next time. I'm disappointed I couldn't bring it home for my country and for myself, but it was a cool experience and I'm looking forward to playing in more top tournaments."
** – World rankings according to the Women's Tennis Association (WTA).
Former @FGCU_WTen Star Breana Stampfli Posts Strong Outing at Barranquilla