VALDOSTA, Ga. -- Valdosta State, who entered Friday's match ranked No. 20, defeated No. 18 Florida Tech 7-2 on a beautiful Friday afternoon at the Blazer Tennis Courts.
The Lady Blazers took an early lead in doubles action, as Michelle Fischer and Sabrina Schmidt teamed up to defeat Chloe Chanley and Meritt Rabson 8-4 at No. 1, and Valdosta State's team of Jessica Tuggle and Moriah Hibbard cruised past FIT's Natasa Vukovic and Gwendoly Kauffman with a swift 8-3 victory.
Florida Tech avoided the doubles sweep at No. 3, as Kristina Huba and Katie Close outlasted Laura Ubeda and Jennifer Rink in a tight 9-7 match.
In singles action, Fischer took the victory against Huba after winning the first set 7-6 (7-3). Huba was forced to retire early due to injury issues, allowing Fischer to claim the win at No. 1. Rink fell to Vukovic 6-4, 6-2 at No. 2, before the Lady Blazers took complete control of the match to win each of their remaining matchups.
Ubeda overtook Chanley 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3, while Schmidt handily defeated Jessica Widmark 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4. At No. 5, Julianna Boehm took care of business with a 6-1, 6-4 win against Rabson, and Lario overcame a slow start to finish off the match with a 7-5, 6-0 victory against Kauffman at No. 6.
The win improved Valdosta State to 4-1 on the young season, while the Panthers fell to 2-5.