MACON, GA - The Florida Southern women's tennis team continued its fall season by competing in the Mercer Gridiron Classic played here over the weekend at the LeRoy Peddy Tennis Center on the campus of Mercer University. Action was called before completion due to rain.
In the Stampeders Division, Nina Schwab opened with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Kennesaw's Aspen Jarrett before falling, 6-0, 6-0 by Troy's Nancy Karaky. Natalija Popovic won her first match, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 over Florida A&M's Sophia Osabuohien and then defeated Kennesaw's, Laura Hopton. Her run came to an end with a hard-fought 6-7 (7), 6-2, 7-6 (6) loss to Troy's Jiayuan Xue. Lola Asis won her first match, 6-2, 6-1 over Middle Georgia's Paola Moller before falling 7-6 (3), 6-7 (3), 6-3 to Mercer's Grace Korta.
In the Blue Bombers Division, Avery Hunter downed Georgia State's Emma Niemi, 7-5, 6-2, but lost 6-2, 6-3 in her next match to Laura Van Der Hage of North Georgia. Magda Stepnik was defeated 6-2, 6-1 by Charlotte van Diemen while Gabby Hesse defeated Daniela Campa, 6-4, 6-3, before losing 6-0, 6-1 to Defne Olcay of Emory.
In doubles in the Argonauts Division, Devrimci and Schwab combined to defeat Middle Georgia's Franziska Nobis and Heer, 6-1 and then topped Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico and Bridget Harding of Emory by a 6-4 score before falling 6-2 to Troy's Xue and Efrilya Herlina. Rionda and Stepnik teamed together to post a 6-2 win over Georgia Southern's Arianne de Winter and Charlotte van Demien after both squads received an opening round bye.
In the Roughriders Division, Popovic and Hunter got a first-round bye and then defeated Julieta Leece and Daniela Campo of Middle Georgia, 6-1, before falling to the combined team of Georgia Southern's Katie Sidor and Georgia Southern's Paige Christian. Hesse and Asis were defeated by Florida A&M's Sophia Osabiohien and Rachel Harden.
In consolation action, Stepnik won her first two matches over Georgia Southern's van Diemen and Middle Georgia's Daniela Nino. She continued to win with a 6-0, 6-1 decision over Alabama State's Margo Muller and advanced to the championship with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Kennesaw's Jessica Cantrell. Rionda rolled to back-to-back wins over Bethune-Cookman's Roki in a rematch and North Georgia's Feli Barrata and then downed Middle Georgia' Leece, 6-1, 6-2 before advancing to the championship match with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Florida A&M's Haleigh Porter.
Devrimci opened with a win over Georgia Southern's Ella Monsey and then fell, 7-6 (2), 4-6, 10-8, to Troy's Hanna Selzer. Hunter, Schwab, Popovic, Asis, and all lost their first match.
Florida Southern will wrap up its fall season at the Florida Tech Panther Invitational, Nov. 10-12, in Melbourne, FL.