M. Tennis

Mocs Drop Hard-Fought 5-4 Home Match to Young Harris

Benoit Paradis won in both singles and doubles Wednesday against Young Harris.Benoit Paradis won in both singles and doubles Wednesday against Young Harris.

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LAKELAND - Florida Southern's home match here Wednesday with Young Harris came down to the final two singles matches as the Mountain Lions ultimately prevailed 5-4 over the 25th-ranked Moccasins in a non-conference match at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center.

With the setback, the Mocs fell to 3-5 on the season, while YHC improved to 5-4 and moved to 2-0 on its four-match road trip to Florida.

In Wednesday's match, the Mocs opened by dropping two of three matches with its only victory coming at the No. 1 spot as senior Benoit Paradis (Quebec City, Quebec) and junior Emanuel Lueber (Tiengen, Germany) picked up a 9-8 (7-3) win over YHC's Sebastian and William Edin. At the No. 2 doubles spot, YHC won 8-4 and would prevail 9-8 (7-4) at the No. 3 spot to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

YHC then extended its lead to 3-1 after Raul Quevedo earned a straight win at the No. 6 singles spot over junior Austin Comings (Heathrow, Fla.), 6-4, 6-4, before FSC pulled within 3-2 after senior Vladimir Barabash (Puhovka, Ukraine) won in straight sets (6-4, 6-2) at the No. 3 singles spot. The win improved Barabash to 7-1 this season in singles.

The two teams would trade the next two points as Sebastian Edin defeated Moccasin senior Nathan Leavitt (Bradenton, Fla.) in straight sets at the No. 3 spot (6-3, 6-2), while Paradis improved to 4-4 on the season in singles as he won in a tiebreaker at the No. 1 spot over YHC's Brecht Vangrinsven, 6-3, 7-6 (10-5).

With YHC holding a 4-3 lead in the match, Wednesday's match hinged on the results at the No. 2 and No. 5 spots as the Mountain Lions were able to earn the match win by posting a straight set (6-2, 7-5) win at the No. 2 spot as Guilherme Frias defeated Lueber, who is ranked 49th nationally in singles. The Mocs would conclude the match with junior Carl Lundberg (Stocksund, Sweden) posted a three-set win over William Edin at the No. 5 spot. Lundberg earned a 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 win.

FSC will continue its 10-match homestand on Thursday, March 13 with a 3 p.m. non-conference match against Tiffin (Ohio).

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