LAKELAND - Murray State took four of six singles matches to upset #33 Florida Southern, 5-4, here Monday at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center, snapping a six-match win streak by the Moccasins. FSC now stands at 6-3 on the season while Murray State improves to 4-7.
The visiting Racers grabbed the first match of the day as the number two doubles team of Sara Loncarevic and Amina Hadzic topped Moccasins Linnea Skymberg and Natalija Popovic, 8-4. The Moccasins came back to take the next two doubles matches.
The team of Lorena Rionda and Magda Stepnik downed Sare Bjork and Jeanne Masson, 8-3 at number three for their fourth straight win, and Sasha Nionova and Selin Devrimci, ranked 10th in the NCAA Division II South Region, defeated Claire Chang and Alina Schibol, 8-6, at number one. The win by Nionova and Devrimci is their sixth in a row and improves their record to 6-2 on the year.
Florida Southern took a 3-1 advantage after the first competition in singles as Popovic snagged a 6-3, 6-0 win over Loncarevic at number three for her sixth consecutive victory, but Murray State came back as Alina Schibol defeated Lola Asis, 6-1, 6-4, at number four. The loss snapped a five-match personal win streak by Asis.
The Moccasins close within one of taking the match when Magda Stepnik won out, 6-4, 6-3 over her opponent, Masson, at number six singles. However, Murrary close out the match by sweeping the final three singles matches. Hadzic defeated Devrimci, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 at number two; Bjork topped Avery Hunter, 6-4, 7-5 at number five; and Chang posted a 7-6, 6-4 win over Rionda at number one.
Florida Southern returns to action on Wednesday with a 3 p.m. home match against Arkansas Tech at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center.