Mocs Open Fall Season at UAH Charger Stampede
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Florida Southern opened the fall portion of its tennis schedule here this past weekend at the 2013 Fall Charger Stampede hosted by the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
At the three day event, the Mocs had eight players competing in both singles and doubles and posted a combined record in 6-8 in singles and a 6-3 mark in doubles.
For the tournament, senior Nathan Leavitt (Bradenton, Fla.) and senior Vladimir Barabash (Pukhova, Ukraine) advanced to the finals of the doubles flight after defeating Auburn Montgomery's Othmane Lalami and Josh Reason, 8-3. Leavitt and Barabash would fall short in the final, though, as they lost 8-1 to Alabama-Huntsville's doubles team of Nestor Perez and Jose Soto in Sunday's final match. For the weekend, Leavitt and Barabash posted a 3-1 record in doubles.
In singles play, senior Benoit Paradis (Quebec City, Quebec) posted a 2-1 record as he advanced to the quarterfinals of the draw before falling in straight sets to Auburn Montgomery's Miguel Grifol (6-3, 7-5).
Along with Paradis, junior Emanuel Lueber (Tiengen, Germany) went 1-1 in singles as he advanced to the third round before falling to AUM's Zino Jouini (6-2, 2-6, 6-3), while Leavitt, Barabash, junior Austin Comings (Heathrow, Fla.) and junior Charles Garneau (L'ancienne-Lorette, Quebec) each posted a 1-1 mark in singles. Junior Carl Lundberg (Stocksund, Sweden) and sophomore Luke Palmiotto (Boca Raton, Fla.) each lost their first round match in singles.
Meanwhile, in doubles, the other three Mocs teams, besides Leavitt and Barabash each posted 1-1 records and played in the round of 16.
Lueber and Paradis had a first round bye, and then posted an 8-2 win over Shorter's Louis Tourtois and Robert Watson in the round of 16 before falling to AUM's duo of Jouini and Louis Ingram, 8-3.
Lundberg teamed with Garneau as they picked up an 8-6 win in the first round over UAH's tandem of Ian Wisener and Brodie Holmes, before falling in the round of 16 to the Young Harris team of Guilherme Frais and Martin Harach, 8-6.
The final doubles team of Comings and Palmiotto opened the first round with an 8-0 win over Shorter's team of Cody Carr and John Nichols, but would fall in the round of 16 to UAM's team of Lalami and Reason (8-2), who Leavitt and Barabash defeated in the semifinals of the doubles draw.
FSC will return to action on Sept. 27-30 as they travel to Pensacola to compete in the 2013 ITA South Regional Tournament, which is being hosted by the University of West Florida.