LAKELAND - The Florida Southern women's tennis team saw its four-match snapped by the Nova Southeastern Saturday here in Sunshine State Conference action at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center. The Sharks edged the Moccasins, 5-4. The loss drops FSC to 7-4 overall and 2-2 SSC while NSU improves to 4-8 and 2-2.
Nova Southeastern grabbed two of the three doubles matches while Florida Southern won the third pairing by default. At number one, Andrea Ivanovic and Daniella Obando topped Sasha Nionova and Selin Devrimci, 8-4, while at number two, Isabella Lowrey and Ana Navas downed Nina Schwab and Magda Stepnik, 8-5.
In singles, Moccasin Avery Hunter picked up a win by default at number six while NSU's Simone Pratt, ranked 39th in the NCAA Division II, defeated Natalija Popovic, 6-2, 6-4, at number three. Stepnik won, 6-2, 6-1 over Alexandra Yeardley at number five to put Florida Southern up, 4-3.
However, Nova Southeastern won the final two singles matches as Navas defeated Rionda, 6-4, 6-0 at number one to tie the match and Ivanovic edged Devrimci, 7-5, 6-4 to clinch the match.
Florida Southern returns to non-conference action on Monday, facing West Virginia State at 3 p.m. at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center.