LAKELAND - Florida Southern breezed to a 9-0 shutout of visiting Puerto Rico-Mayaguez in women's tennis action here Tuesday at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center. The Moccasins, ranked 25th in the NCAA Division II, improve to 9-4 with the win, their ninth in the last 11 matches.
Linnea Skymberg and Natalija Popovic set the tone for the match for the Moccasins with a 8-0 blanking of Amarilys Gonzalez and Angiemar Torres at number one doubles. The next two matches were a little tougher as Selin Devrimci and Gabby Hesse defeated Andrea Gelabert and Angelica Rivera, 8-5, at number two, and Magda Stepnik and Carolyn Cureton downed Natalia Sanchez and Paola Rodriguez, 8-6, at number three. The final two doubles teams were playing together as partners for the first time this season.
It was all Moccasins in the singles three players winning in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0. One of those came at number two as Popovic blanked Rodriguez to go to 9-3 on the season while a second came at number one with Rionda accomplishing the dead against Sanchez to raise her record to 7-4. The final blanking came at number four with Stepnik shutting down Gonzalez to move to a 5-1 record.
Avery Hunter defeated Rivera, 6-1, 6-1, at number five to improve to 6-1 on the year while Lola Asis downed Gelabert, 6-2, 6-0 at number three to move to 9-4. The final Moccassin win was by Cureton who registered a 6-4, 6-3, over Torres at number six in her season debut for Florida Southern.
Florida Southern will carrry a 3-1 record into its match Wednesday at 3 p.m. at home against Rollins.