Three Mocs Advance to Quarterfinals of Singles Consolation Draw at ITA South Regionals
PENSACOLA - Florida Southern went 3-for-4 in the consolation round of singles play here Saturday on the second day of action at the USTA/ITA South Regional Championships held at the Ralph 'Skeeter' Carson Tennis Center on the campus of the University of West Florida.
The Moccasins entered Saturday's second day of action having advanced four of its five players they took to the four-day event to the consolation draw in singles. Of those four players that played on Saturday, three of them, including junior Emanuel Lueber (Tiengen, Germany), who posted two victories on the day, won to advance to Sunday's quarterfinal round of the consolation draw.
Lueber opened his day on Saturday by posting a 6-2, 6-2 win over Valdosta State's Tammo Haake in the round of 32, before defeating Valdosta State's Joachim Schemm by default in the round of 16. Lueber will now face Lynn's Guilo Gomba in one of Sunday's four quarterfinal matches at 10 a.m. The semifinals are scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday, with the championship slated for Monday morning.
In addition to Lueber, junior Carl Lundberg (Stocksund, Sweden) and senior Nathan Leavitt (Bradenton, Fla.) each won their only consolation match on Saturday to advance to a quarterfinal meeting against each other on Sunday at 10 a.m. Lundberg picked up a three-set tiebreaker victory over Valdosta State's Gereon Heitmann (4-6, 6-2, 10-7), while Leavitt earned a straight set win over Florida Tech's Beau Fieldsend, 6-4, 6-3. The winner of their quarterfinal match will face the winner of the Lueber-Gomba match in the semifinals.
The only Moccasin to not record a win on Saturday was senior Benoit Paradis (Quebec City, Quebec), who fell in his round of 32 match in a third-set tiebreaker to Saint Leo's Jacobo Gonzalez, 6-3, 2-6, 10-6.
FSC's other player that traveled to Pensacola for this weekend's USTA/ITA South Regional Championship was senior Vladimir Barabash (Puhkova, Ukraine), who went 1-1 in singles on Friday to advance to the round of 32 before falling to Florida Tech's Matic Leskovar, 7-5, 6-3.
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.