LAKELAND - Florida Southern took to the courts on Thursday and emerged with a 6-3 victory over visiting Embry-Riddle here at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center. The win, the 17th-ranked Moccasins fifth in their last seven matches, improves the team's record to 12-6 overall and 5-3 in the Sunshine State Conference, while the Eagles swoop to 6-11 and 1-7.
Lorena Rionda and Natalija Popovic started off for the Moccasins with an 8-1 win over Sabrina Ehrenfort and Lydia Carter at number three, but the Eagles responded as Georgina Wood and Roberta Krvajica downed FSC's number two duo of Magda Stepnik and Nina Schwab by an 8-1 score. Florida Southern's Sasha Nionova and Selin Devrimci, ranked 11th in the nation, edged Maria Turrillo and Kathryn Bock, 9-7, to give the Moccasins a 2-1 lead heading into singles play.
Avery Hunter opened the singles action for the Moccasins with an easy, 6-0, 6-0 triumph over Carter at number six to remain undefeated on the season at 8-0, while Rionda, ranked 68th nationally, defeated Turrillo, 6-3, 6-4 at number one. Devrimci then picked up a strange 7-5, 0-6, 7-5 win versus Krvajica to clinch the team win for the Moccasins.
Embry-Riddle won the next two matches as Stepnik was beaten 6-3, 6-3 at number four and Lola Asis was toppled, 7-5, 6-4 by Bock at number five. Popovic punctuated the Moccasins' victory with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 tally over Wood at number six to record her seventh consecutive win.
Florida Southern will travel to Winter Park on Friday to play at 19th-ranked Rollins at 4 p.m.