Mocs Advance Four to Consolations at UTSA/ITA South Regional Championships
PENSACOLA - Florida Southern opened up play here Friday at the USTA/ITA South Regional Championship at the Ralph 'Skeeter' Carson Tennis Center on the University of West Florida campus by having four of its singles players advance into the consolation round of singles and both of its doubles teams, including its No. 3 seeded tandem of junior Emanuel Lueber (Tiengen, Germany) and senior Benoit Paradis (Quebec City, Quebec) falling in their first matches of the four-day event.
The Moccasins had five players competing on the first day of action and those players posted a combined record of 1-7 overall as they went 1-5 in singles and 0-2 in doubles. The five Mocs competing this weekend are Lueber, Paradis, senior Vladimir Barabash (Puhkova, Ukraine), senior Nathan Leavitt (Bradenton, Fla.) and junior Carl Lundberg (Stocksund, Sweden).
Friday's first day of action opened with two rounds of singles play as Barabash opened with a third-set tiebreaking win over Alabama-Huntsville's Pablo Herrero, 2-6, 6-1, 10-4, before falling to Florida Tech's Matic Leskovar, 7-5, 6-3 in the round of 32, while Lueber, who had a first round bye, fell to West Florida's Domenico Sano in a third-set tiebreaker, 6-3, 3-6, 10-7 in the round of 32 and Leavitt fell 6-2, 7-5 to Saint Leo's Bruno Sisti in the first round.
The other two Mocs singles player also lost in the first round of singles as Lundberg fell in a third-set tiebreaker to West Alabama's Kike Ruiz, 7-5, 4-6, 10-4, while Paradis, who also had a first round bye, suffered a straight set loss to West Florida's Kenny Basil, 6-3, 6-2.
In Saturday's consolation round singles matches, Lueber will face Valdosta State's Tammo Haake at 9:30 a.m. in the round of 32, while Paradis will face Saint Leo's Jacobo Gonzalez at 9:30 a.m. in the round of 32. Lundberg and Leavitt will each play in consolation singles quarterfinals on Saturday as Lundberg will face Valdosta State's Gereon Heitmann, while Leavitt will meet the winner of the Beau Fieldsend (Florida Tech) and Matt Nicholson-Lewis (Saint Leo), who will play Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
Meanwhile, in doubles action on Friday, Leavitt teamed with Lundberg as they went 0-1 as they lost in the round of 32 to UWF's tandem of Sano and Alex Peyrot, 8-6, while Lueber and Paradis were upset in their round of 16 match by West Alabama's duo of Ruiz and Nestor Vargas, 8-3.
FSC will continue play in the USTA/ITA South Regional Championships on Saturday morning.
The singles and doubles champions of the South Regional Championship will advance to the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships on Oct. 10-13 at the Three Oaks Tennis Center in Fort Myers, Fla. The USTA/ITA National Small College Championships are comprised of the eight regional champions (and/or at-large selections) from NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community Colleges.