LAKELAND, Fla. - Tarleton Tennis earned its biggest win of the season by upsetting their first nationally-ranked opponent of the season. The top four players in the Texan lineup delivered in a 4-3 win over No. 18 Florida Southern Thursday.
After Florida Southern took the doubles point despite a win from Alicia Barbaroux and Faustine Palatte, the Mocs took a 2-0 lead in the match with a win in the No. 5 flight before the Texans turned up the heat.
Palatte got Tarleton on the board with a win in the No. 4 flight (6-1, 6-1) and then Alicia Barbaroux and Celia Vaudiau gave Tarleton a 3-2 edge by winning the top two matches, respectively. Barbaroux won the No. 1 match 6-3, 6-3 and Vaudiau won the No. 2 flight 6-2, 6-0.
The Mocs answered with a win in the No. 6 spot but Nathalie Ulander delivered the final strike for the Texans with a thrilling 6-3, 7-5 finish in the No. 3 spot to complete the upset.
"Today's match radiated excitement and the girls dominated in singles action" said head coach Elianne Douglas-Miron. "I was very proud to witness the tremendous week Alicia had. She came to play and showcased her grit and leadership on our team. I am very proud of the fight this team showed and delighted to end this trip on a high note."