LAKELAND - Florida Southern overcame a 2-1 deficit after doubles to topple Tampa, 5-4, here Thursday at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center in Sunshine State Conference women's tennis action. The 33rd-ranked Moccasins, winners of three straight SSC matches, improve to 3-2 overall and 3-0 in league play while Tampa falls to 2-2 overall and 1-2 in the SSC.
FSC's number one doubles team of Sasha Nionova and Selin Devrimci gave the Moccasins a 1-0 lead with an 8-2 win over Tampa's Caroline Lozo and Emily Hewland. The Spartans then took the next two doubles matches with Ava Sowell and Danielle Beyes winning, 8-6, over Lorena Rionda and Magda Stepnik at number three, while Lilley Nice and Maddie Stephens defeated Linnea Skymberg and Natalija Popovic, 9-8 (7-5) at number two.
Skymberg evened the match at 2-all for Florida Southern with a 6-0, 6-0 defeat of Tampa's Hewland at number two singles while Lola Asis gave FSC a 3-2 lead with a 6-3, 6-1 victory at number six singles over Beyes. Popovic then put the Moccasins within striking distance of the win with a 6-3, 7-5 triumph over Sowell at number five.
Sasha Nionova clinched the match for Florida Southern with a 6-3, 6-4 win at number one singles over Tampa's Caroline Lozo. The win keeps Nionova perfect on the season at 4-0.
Tampa took the final two matches as Lilley Nice topped Rionda, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 at number three and Stephens downed Devrimci, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 at number four.
Florida Southern continues it's homestand with a 12 p.m. match against Bluefield State on Sunday, March 12 at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center. The Moccasins will not make a road trip during the month of March, playing 10 matches at home.