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Four Mocs Advance in Winners Bracket at Mercer Gridiron Classic

Natalija Popovic
Natalija Popovic

MACON, GA - Lorena Rionda, Minnie Kim, Natalija Popovic, and Gabby Hesse all advanced in the singles play winners bracket at the Mercer Gridiron Classic here at the Leroy Peddy Tennis Center. Rionda and Kim advanced in Flight A while Popovic moved on in Fight B and Hesse advanced in Flight C. Florida Southern is one of just three non-Division I teams in the 16-team tournament.

Rionda downed Victoria Saldh of USC-Upstate, 6-2, 6-1, in her opening matched and then won, 6-3, 6-1 over Marie Motter of Mercer in the Round of 16. Kim topped Elena Tendero of Jacksonville, 6-3, 7-5 in her first match and then came from behind to beat Andrea Pascual-Larringa of East Tennessee, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the second round.

Popovic won, 6-3, 6-3, over Chloe Kabama of Morgan State and then defeated Maike Nargele of Middle Georgia State, 6-0, 6-2, in her second match. Hesse defeated Laura Cocoma of Middle Georgia State, 6-3, 7-6(3), after receiving an opening round bye.

Action continues Saturday and concludes on Sunday.


RESULTS FROM FRIDAY, OCT. 5

SINGLES - FLIGHT A

  • Lorena Rionda (FSC) def. Victoria Saldh (USC-Upstate), 6-2, 6-1
  • Selin Devrimci (FSC) def. Raquel Amaro (East Tennessee), 6-4, 7-6(9)
  • Minnie Kim (FSC) def. Elena Tendero (Jacksonville), 6-3, 7-5
  • Lorena Rionda (FSC) def. Marie Mottet (Mercer), 6-3, 6-1
  • Filippa Ericson (Charleston Southern) def. Selin Devrimci (FSC), 7-5, 6-1
  • Minnie Kim (FSC) def. Andrea Pascual-Larringa (East Tennessee), 2-6, 6-1, 6-4

SINGLES - FLIGHT B

  • Natalija Popovic (FSC) def. Chloe Kabama (Morgan State), 6-3, 6-3
  • Lola Asis (FSC) def. Brenna Reilly (Kennesaw State), 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
  • Magda Stepnik (FSC) def. Yana Morar (Charleston Southern), 6-2, 6-1
  • Natalija Popovic (FSC) def. Maike Nargele (Middle Georgia State), 6-0, 6-2
  • Tingting Pei (Troy) def. Lola Asis (FSC), 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
  • Aspen Jarrett (Kennesaw State) def. Avery Hunter (FSC), 6-3, 6-4

SINGLES - FLIGHT B (CONSOLATION)

  • Avery Hunter (FSC) def. Luciana Pereya (Middle Georgia State), 1-6, 7-6(5), 1-0(7)

SINGLES - FLIGHT C

SINGLES - FLIGHT C (CONSOLATION)

DOUBLES - FLIGHT A

DOUBLES - FLIGHT A (CONSOLATION)

DOUBLES - FLIGHT B