Behind Riutort's three-set singles win, Florida Southern upsets West Florida
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Sophomore Magda Riutort's three-set win at the No. 1 singles spots on Sunday was the winning point for Florida Southern in its 5-4 victory against ninth-ranked West Florida in a key non-conference, South Region match at the Ralph "Skeeter" Carson Tennis Center.
Riutort's win helped the Moccasins claim their 12th consecutive victory and improved their record to 14-5 on the season, while UWF fell to 15-5 on the year.
The win against UWF helped the Mocs finished 4-0 on the weekend in their four South Region matches in Pensacola against Gulf South Conference foes. Three of the four wins came by shutout.
With the match tied at four, sophomore Riutort picked up her 12th consecutive singles win with her three-set victory against 27th-ranked Monika Kochanova. For the weekend in Pensacola, Riutort, who is ranked 18th nationally, posted a 3-0 record. In Sunday's win, Kochanova picked up a 7-6 win in the first set, before Riutort tied the set with a 6-4 win in the second set and then earned a 6-3 win in the third and final set.
The Mocs opened Sunday's match by winning two of the three doubles matches versus the Argonauts as UWF's only doubles win came at the No. 2 spot. The Mocs No. 1 team of Riutort and junior Sabine Goge defeated UWF's No. 1 team of Kochanova and Giovana Patitucci 8-4 and its No. 3 team of junior Laura Wichmann and junior Joalis Dominguez posted an 8-5 win against UWF's Nina Bubelova and Fernanda Amaral.
In singles action, the Argos posted wins at the No. 2, 5 and 6 spots, while FSC picked up wins at the No. 1, 3 and 4 spots.
At the No. 3 spot, Dominguez defeated Bubelova in consecutive sets (6-2, 6-1) and sophomore Christie Nunnemann posted a three-set win against Mariana Sonnervig at the No. 4 spot (7-5, 2-6, 6-3).