DAYTONA BEACH - Florida Southern opened the Fall portion of its 2016-17 schedule here Friday at the Embry-Riddle Open. The Moccasins posted a pair of doubles wins in the opening round while three singles players advanced undefeated over the first two rounds.
In the women's doubles Gold Flight, the Moccasin squad of Selin Devrimci and Linnea Skymberg posted an 8-1 win over Kathryn Bock and Alexis Marshall of host Embry-Riddle while FSC's Magda Stepnik and Katie Stanford took an 8-2 decision over ERAU's Ana Gonzalez and Lydia Carter. In the final FSC's Sasha Nionova and Lorena Rionda were defeated, 8-5, by Flagler's Lizane Jinkertz and Mary Jo Nanti. FSC's Avery Hunter teamed with Felicitas Runkel of Flagler to play Embry-Riddle's Maria Turillo and Georgina Wood, falling 8-0.
In the Gold Flight of singles competition, Rionda took a 4-0, retired, decision over Embry-Riddle's Paula Couder and then downed ERAU's Wood, 6-0, 6-2 in the second round. Nionova also won both her matches Friday, defeating ERAU's Maria Turrillo, 6-1, 6-4 in the opening round and Flagler's Nanti, 6-4, 6-1 in round two. Devrimci won her opening match with a 6-3, 6-2 score over Wood of Embry-Riddle, but was defeated 6-4, 6-3, by ERAU's Maud Mrad in the following round. Skymberg won her opening set in the first round, 6-3 over FC's Jinkertz, but retired, down 3-2, in the second set.
In the Blue Flight of singles, Stanford won both of her matches, defeating ERAU's Carter, 6-4, 7-6(3), in the first round and then getting by Embry-Riddle's Jessica Lown, 6-4, 6-2, in round two. Stepnik won her opening match, beating Laura Kelly of Flagler, 6-1, 6-3, before falling 4-6, 6-3(1) to Marshall of ERAU in the following round. Hunter was defeated in her opening match, 6-3, 6-1, by Marshall of Embry-Riddle.
Pairing for the two singles flight and doubles will be determined Saturday morning.