LAKELAND, Fla. - Florida Southern College women's tennis fell 7-0 in its conference opener to Lynn on Saturday morning at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center. The No. 18 Moccasins (0-3) saw multiple three-set battles but could not hold off the No. 2 Fighting Knights (1-0).
"We battled with one of the best teams in the country," head coach Trish Riddell said. "We came up short today but we will continue to work hard and focus on getting better every day."
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Lynn started doubles with a 6-2 victory in the third flight but faced tough opposition in the Moccasins in the first and second flights. Flor Salerno and Diana Baumgartnere held the No. 6 doubles pairing in the nation, Ulyana Grib and Valeriya Pogrebnyak, close, but lost 6-4. Laura Vetter and Magda Stepnik went toe-to-toe with Federica Mordegan and Eleonora Liga in the No. 2 flight, falling only 7-6.
- The Fighting Knights came out fast in singles play, with Valeriya Porrebyak defeating Lola Asis 6-2, 6-3 in the No. 5 flight and Eliska Petrackova triumphing 6-2, 6-0 in the No. 6 flight.
- Lynn clinched the match with a 7-6, 6-1 victory for Liga over Stepnik in the No. 3 flight.
- It was not easy going for the Fighting Knights after the clinching match, as the No. 1, 2 and 4 flights all went to a third set. Vetter rebounded from a 6-4 first set with a 6-4 set of her own before falling 6-2 in the third to the No. 16 singles player in the nation, Grib.
- Salerno won 6-3 in the second set after falling 7-5 in the first to No. 42 Mordegan. Mordegan won the flight with a 10-6 tiebreaker.
- In the No. 4 flight, Bolivar won 6-4 in the second set after a 1-6 first set. Giorgia Pilato won 6-3 in the third set.
The Moccasins will travel to Tampa on Wednesday for a 3 p.m. match before hosting Nova Southeastern next Saturday at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center for a 10 a.m. match.