Mocs Give #9 West Florida A Battle, But Fall 5-3 To End Season
After enduring two days of waiting and four rain postponements, the Moccasins finally took the court for their NCAA Division II South Regional tennis match against ninth-ranked West Florida at Boca Raton Wednesday. A short-handed Moccasin squad gave the Argonauts a battle before losing 5-3 to end their season.
The Moccasins played without Sabine Goge, who normally plays No. 2 singles and who teams with Magda Riutort at No. 1 doubles. Due to the two-day delay and travel conflicts with her flight back to her home in Latvia, Goge had to miss the match, forcing coach Trish Riddell to adjust her lineup.
In the doubles competition, Pamela Paradis teamed with Riutort for the first time this season and they lost a close 9-7 battle with West Florida's 18th-ranked team of Caitlyn Baines and Sheila Smiley.
Trailing 3-1 after the doubles competition and a West Florida win at No. 3 singles, the Moccasins got straight-set singles wins from Joalis Dominguez at No. 2 and Laura Wichmann at No. 6 to even the match at 3-3. The Argonauts pulled ahead when Smiley won in straight sets at No. 4, then clinched the match when Barbara Oliveira edged Riutort, 6-4, 7-5, at No. 1.
The Moccasins finished the season at 11-11. Riutort had the top singles record at 14-8. Goge was 12-8 and Dominguez was 11-3. Riutort and Goge, ranked 14th in Division II, had a 12-9 mark in doubles.