M. Tennis

Mocs Perform Well on First Day of UAH Charger Stampede

Nathan Leavitt was one of three Mocs to advance to the third round of singles.Nathan Leavitt was one of three Mocs to advance to the third round of singles.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Florida Southern opened up play here Friday in the 2013 Fall Charger Stampede hosted by the University of Alabama in Huntsville by advancing three of its eight players to the round of 16 of the singles draw.

On the first day of the three-day event at the UAH Tennis Center, the Mocs combined to post a 6-5 record in singles action and they went 2-0 in doubles play.

In the singles draw, three Mocs received first round byes in the 64-player draw as junior Emanuel Lueber (Tiengen, Germany), senior Nathan Leavitt (Bradenton, Fla.) and senior Benoit Paradis (Quebec City, Quebec) didn't have to play to the round of 32 draw and all three of them won in straight sets to advance to Saturday's round of 16.

Lueber, who is the No. 1 seeded player in singles, picked up a 7-5, 6-3 win over Sewanee's Eric Roddy in the round of 32 to advance to the third round, while Leavitt picked up a 6-4, 6-2 win over Young Harris' William Edin to move to the third round and Paradis picked up a 6-2, 6-4 win over UAH's Sebastin Belcher to move to the third round.

Other winners in singles on Friday were junior Austin Comings (Heathrow, Fla.), junior Charles Garneau (L'ancienne-Lorette, Quebec) and senior Vladimir Barabash (Puhovka, Ukraine). Junior Carl Lundberg (Stocksund, Sweden) and sophomore Luke Palmiotto (Boca Raton, Fla.) each lost in the opening round of singles.

Comings opened the tournament with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 win over Sewanee's David Human, before falling to UAH's Nestor Perez (6-0, 6-2) in the second round, while Garneau picked up a straight set win over Sewanee's Sean Loughlin (6-3, 6-1) in the first round and fell to UAH's Jose Soto (6-3, 6-3) in the second round and Barabash defeated Shorter's Cody Carr (6-3, 6-0) in the opening round and then fell to Auburn Montgomery's Louis Ingram (6-3, 6-4) in the next round.

Meanwhile, in doubles action, Lundberg and Garneau teamed up to post an 8-6 win over UAH's team of Ian Wisener and Brodie Holmes in the round of 32, while Comings and Palmiotto posted an 8-0 victory over Shorter's tandem of Carr and John Nichols in the opening round.

FSC's other two doubles teams of Lueber and Paradis, who are the No. 1 seeded tandem, and Leavitt and Barabash each earned first round byes.

The Mocs will return to the courts for the second day of action on Saturday morning.

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