PENSACOLA, FL - For the first time in Florida Southern College women's tennis history the Moccasins have defeated a top-five team. The Mocs (2-0) upset the No. 2 Argonauts of West Florida (0-1) by a score of 4-3 on Saturday, the first top-seven opponent that women's tennis has defeated since the 2014 season when they won 5-4 over Saint Leo.
The win is the second in the past two years over a top-10 team (6-3 win over No. 9 Rollins last season) and the first time that the Moccasins have defeated the Argonauts since 2013 when they won 5-4 in Pensacola over then No. 9 West Florida. The No. 2 Argonauts are the highest-ranked opponent head coach Trish Riddell has beaten in her career at Florida Southern. Previously Ridell's squads had defeated No. 7 West Florida in 2011 and No. 7 Saint Leo in 2014 by scores of 5-4.
HOW IT HAPPENED
|1. #1 Berta Bonardi (UWF) def. Selin Devrimci (FSCW) 6-2, 7-5|
|2. #50 Lorena Rionda (FSCW) def. Jennifer Rink (UWF) 6-4, 6-2|
|3. #29 Karolina Silwanowicz (UWF) def. Minnie Kim (FSCW) 7-6, 6-3|
|4. Magda Stepnik (FSCW) def. Heather Mixon (UWF) 7-5, 7-5|
|5. Diana Vlad (UWF) def. Natalija Popovic (FSCW) 3-6, 7-5, 6-2|
|6. Lola Asis (FSCW) def. Gabriela Araujo (UWF) 6-1, 6-3|
|1. Selin Devrimci/Minnie Kim (FSCW) def. Valeria Mantilla/Jennifer Rink (UWF) 6-0|
|2. Berta Bonardi/Diana Vlad (UWF) vs. Lorena Rionda/Magda Stepnik (FSCW) 4-3, unfinished|
|3. Gabby Hesse/Natalija Popovic (FSCW) def. Gabriela Araujo/Karolina Silwanowicz (UWF) 6-2|
|Florida Southern 2-0; National ranking #17; Regional ranking #6|
|West Florida 0-1; National ranking #2; Regional ranking #2|
|Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,2,1,3,5,4)
The Moccasins will close out the season-opening trip to Pensacola tomorrow as they take on West Alabama at 10 a.m.