Embry-Riddle Takes 8-0 Win from Florida Southern
LAKELAND – With three of the nation’s top 15 doubles teams in action, and three of the top 15 singles players also on the court, Embry-Riddle took an 8-0 decision over Florida Southern on Friday afternoon before rain left the final match unfinished.
Embry-Riddle (8-1) came into the day ranked #3 in the national NAIA rankings and earned its second win of the season over a top-20 Division II team from the Sunshine State Conference. The Eagles started with an 8-3 win in the second doubles flight behind Rocio Frej Vitalle and Ekaterina Kamendova before Kristina Marova and Paola Montero edged Crystal Copeland and Christie Nunnemann at number three doubles, 8-6, to give them a 3-0 lead.
In singles play, Embry-Riddle took all five matches that were completed in straight sets, including a 6-4, 6-2 win by 5th-ranked Vitalle at the number two position. Eighth-ranked Yi Ching Chen also won at number one singles over Sabine Goge, 6-0, 6-3.
The Moccasins’ best showing came from Jessica Cove at number six and Joalis Dominguez at number three. Cove fell 6-3, 6-3, and Dominguez split the first two sets with Kamendova, who was ranked #14 in the NAIA individual rankings. With the overall match already decided, Dominguez and Kemendova were playing the third set as a tie-breaker, and Dominguez was ahead 3-2 before the rain hit.
Florida Southern (3-5, ranked #12 in Division II) will play its next match on Wednesday, March 14, against the nation’s top-ranked NAIA program, Auburn-Montgomery.