M. Tennis

Mocs Advance One Doubles Team to Semifinals of Fall Charger Stampede

Vladimir Barabash will play in the doubles semifinals Sunday at UAH.Vladimir Barabash will play in the doubles semifinals Sunday at UAH.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Florida Southern continued play here Saturday in the 2013 Fall Charger Stampede hosted by the University of Alabama in Huntsville by advancing one of its doubles teams to Sunday's semifinal round.

On the season day of the three-day event at the UAH Tennis Center, the Mocs posted a 1-3 record in singles as senior Benoit Paradis (Quebec City, Quebec) advanced to Saturday's quarterfinal round before falling in straight sets to Auburn Montgomery's Miguel Grifol and posted a 3-3 mark in doubles as the tandem of senior Nathan Leavitt (Bradenton, Fla.) and senior Vladimir Barabash (Pukhova, Ukraine) won two matches to advance to Sunday's semifinals.

In the singles draw on Saturday, three Mocs played in the round of 16 as junior Emanuel Lueber (Tiengen, Germany) fell in three sets to Auburn Montgomery's Zino Jouini (6-2, 2-6, 6-3), while Leavitt fell in straight sets (6-4, 6-4) to AUM's Othmane Lalami and Paradis picked up a round of 16 victory over AUM's Josh Reason (7-6 (9), 6-2), before falling in the quarterfinals to Grifol.

Most of FSC's players saw action in doubles on Saturday as all four of its teams played in the round of 16. In the round of 16, junior Austin Comings (Heathrow, Fla,) and sophomore Luke Palmiotto (Boca Raton, Fla.) suffered an 8-2 loss to AUM's Reason and Lalami, while junior Carl Lundberg (Stocksund, Sweden) and junior Charles Garneau (L'ancienne-Lorette, Quebec) fell 8-6 to the Young Harris duo of Guilherme Frais and Martin Harach. While those two teams won, the team of Lueber and Paradis defeated Louis Tourtois and Robert Watson of Shorter (8-2) and Leavitt and Barabash took down Brecht Vangrinsven and Sebastain Dartnell (8-2) to advance to the quarterfinals.

In the quarterfinals of the doubles draw, the duo of Lueber and Paradis fell 8-3 to the duo of Jouini and Louis Ingram from AUM, while Leavitt and Barabash defeated the Young Harris duo of William Edin and Sebastain Edin 8-3 to advance to the semifinals.

The Mocs will conclude play in the tournament on Sunday morning beginning at 8:30 a.m.

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