Dominating Performance by Dominguez Leads FSC to 8-1 Win Over Florida Tech
LAKELAND – Joalis Dominguez did not drop a game in winning her doubles match with Laura Wichmann by shutout and followed that by posting a 6-0, 6-0 win in singles to lead #10 Florida Southern to an 8-1 win over #37 Florida Tech on Friday.
With their victory on Friday in their final home match of the season, the Moccasins (15-4, 5-2 SSC) reached the 15-win mark for the seventh time in the last eight years and gave themselves a chance for their best Sunshine State Conference finish in four years. They’ll need a win over Rollins in a make-up match on April 16 to accomplish that, which would secure the #3 seed in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament and further strengthen their case for a spot in the NCAA Tournament in May.
Florida Southern’s last three matches before Friday had all been decided by 5-4 scores, the first time in 25 years the Mocs had played three in a row decided by that margin. Friday though, it never came close to that as they swept through doubles by scores of 8-1, 8-2, and 8-0. Dominguez and Wichmann posted the shutout, their sixth such result of the season.
Meanwhile, Sabine Goge and Magda Riutort picked up their ninth straight win at No. 1 doubles, and Dominique Friedrichs and Pamela Paradis were also victorious to give the Moccasins their 3-0 lead heading into singles play.
The Panthers (10-11, 1-6) did get a point there, however, taking the No. 6 singles match by default. The Mocs more than made up for it by winning the other five matches in straight sets, with Dominguez not dropping a game against Katie Close at the No. 2 position. It improved the senior’s overall record to 10-3 and her record at the No. 2 position to 3-0.
Goge at No. 1, Friedrichs at No. 3, and Crystal Copeland at No. 5 all had a 6-0 win thrown into their stat line, and Paradis was a 6-1, 6-2 winner at No. 4.
Florida Southern’s match at Rollins next Wednesday (April 16) is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.