SAN ANTONIO, TX – Despite a pair of upsets, Florida Southern was tripped by 11th-ranked St. Mary's in a battle of the snakes as the Rattlers of St. Mary's prevailed, 6-3, over the Moccasins here Saturday at the Annemarie Tennis Center.
The Moccasins got their first upset at number one doubles as Linnea Skymberg and Sasha Nionova took an 8-5 win over the St. Mary's team of Jamie Lee Denton and Kaylin Kruseman, which are ranked 15th in the NCAA Division II. Upset #2 came in number one singles as Skymberg posted a 6-3, 6-2 win over Denton, who is ranked 19th in singles.
The Rattlers, which improve to 7-1, picked up their first win at number three doubles as Ally Maciel and Mariela Sarinana beat the Mocs' duo of Carolyn Cureton and Cassie Eldredge, 8-0, while the number two doubles team for the Rattlers, Cristina Lopez and Hannah Peterson won out, 8-4, over FSC's team of Selin Devrimci and Lorenda Rionda.
St. Mary's won the first singles set, as Peterson downed Katie Stanford, 6-1, 6-0, at number six and then won at number five singles, with Tyra Timm tripped up Carolyn Cureton, 6-3, 6-0. Following Skymberg's win at number one, Lopez beat Devrimci, 6-3, 6-3 at number two singles, while Kruseman won, 6-2, 7-5, over Rionda at number three singles.
Natalija Popovic earned the Moccasins' final point with a three set win over Maciel. After falling 6-0 in the first set, Popovic came back to take the set with wins over 6-2 and 6-2.
Florida Southern, now 3-3, will play Texas A&M Kingsville on Sunday at 11 a.m. ET on the campus of Saint Mary's.