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Athlete Spotlight: Sasha Nionova

The women’s tennis team, ranked 12th in the nation, is coming into the final weeks of their successful season, and 55th ranked senior, Sasha Nionova, is coming to the end of her Florida Southern career.

Nionova heads into postseason play with a record of 5-3 at No. 1 in singles and 12-3 at No. 1 in doubles.  Selin Devrimici and Lorena Rionda accompanied her in the doubles match this year.

Nionova and Devrimici currently sit at 10th in the nation in doubles.  Nionova had many doubles partners over the years but believes Selin and she fit together better than most.

Senior Sasha Nionova (Photo courtesy of FSC Athletic Department)

“I think that we compensate each other on the court and bring a lot of energy,” Nionova said.  “Also, we support each other even if we make mistakes, which makes it much easier to play.”

The senior from Riga, Latvia didn’t start out at Florida Southern originally but transferred from the University of Detroit Mercy.  Nionova had a successful year in Detroit, receiving awards such as Freshman of the Year and an All-Horizon Selection.  Nionova then transferred to FSC where she would finish out her college career.

Unfortunately, injuries plagued Nionova’s sophomore year, leaving her on the sidelines.  That, however, did not stop Nionova from bouncing back and having another successful year her junior year.

Nionova was named an All-American in singles,  Sunshine State Conference Second Team and received SSC Player of the Week twice.

Nionova is graduating in May with a degree in Accounting and Business Administration.  After graduating, Nionova plans on interning in New Jersey before returning to school to get an MBA or masters in accounting.

The combination of memories in the classroom and on the court leave Nionova satisfied as she comes to the close of her education at Florida Southern College.

“It was an amazing experience from beginning to the end and I appreciate everything,” Nionova said.  “It’s sad to think that I am done, but I will have plenty of memories and moments to remember while I was in FSC.”

The Lady Mocs last match was against Florida Tech.  The team easily dominated the Panthers with a score of 9-0. The tennis team now looks forward to conference tournament play which begins against Nova Southeastern.

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