M. Tennis

Mocs Win Third Straight Match, Defeats Bluefield State at Home

Benoit Paradis won a thrilling three-set match at No. 1 singles on Wednesday.Benoit Paradis won a thrilling three-set match at No. 1 singles on Wednesday.

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LAKELAND - Florida Southern moved its record to .500 on the season here Wednesday afternoon as the 25th-ranked Moccasins posted an 8-1 victory over Bluefield State (W.Va.) in a non-conference match at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center.

Wednesday's victory moved the Mocs record to 6-6 on the season and improved them to 4-3 on its current 10-match homestand. Bluefield State fell to 10-2 with the loss.

In Wednesday's match, the Mocs opened by taking two of the three doubles matches, but Bluefield State prevented a Moccasin sweep in doubles as their No. 2 team of Vishwesh Sinha and Aziz Yuldashev defeated FSC's No. 2 team of seniors Nathan Leavitt (Bradenton, Fla.) and Vladimir Barabash (Puhkova, Ukraine), 8-3. The Mocs won the other two doubles matches by identical 8-4 scores.

Meanwhile, in singles action, the Mocs picked up the victory by winning the first three singles matches, including junior Charles Garneau (L'ancienne-Lorette, Quebec) sealing the win with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Anthony Braem at the No. 5 spot. FSC also won at the No. 4 and No. 3 spots, before Garneau wrapped up the match at No. 5.

Two of the singles matches needed tiebreakers to decide the winner as junior Austin Comings (Heathrow, Fla.) improved to 2-1 on the season with his third-set tiebreaking win at the No. 6 spot over BSU's Conner Pickering. Comings won the first set, 6-3, before Pickering won the next set, 6-3, but Comings would prevail 10-6 in the tiebreaker.

Perhaps the match of the day came at the No. 1 spot as senior Benoit Paradis (Quebec City, Quebec) went to a third set and then a tiebreaker in his match against 21st-ranked Jacob Carey. Paradis, who is now 6-6 on the season, opened by winning the first set, 6-3, but Carey rebounded to earn a 6-2 win in the second set. In the third set, Paradis would ultimately prevail 7-6 (9-7) in a tiebreaker.

The Mocs other singles wins came at No. 2 by junior Emanuel Lueber (Tiengen, Germany) and at No. 3 by junior Carl Lundberg (Stocksund, Sweden). Lueber won 6-1, 6-2 over Sinha and Lundberg defeated Yuldashev, 6-4, 6-1.

FSC will return to action on Friday, March 21 as they host Washburn (Kan.) in a 2 p.m. match at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center. The match was originally scheduled for Monday, but was postponed and rescheduled due to inclement weather.

#25 Florida Southern 8, Bluefield State 1
03/19/14 at Lakeland, FL (Wynee Warden Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. Benoit Paradis (FSCM) def. #21 Jacob Carey (BSU) 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (9-7)
2. #49 Emanuel Lueber (FSCM) def. Vishwesh Sinha (BSU) 6-1, 6-2
3. Carl Lundberg (FSCM) def. #43 Aziz Yuldashev (BSU) 6-4, 6-1
4. Nathan Leavitt (FSCM) def. Vlad Catlan (BSU) 6-1, 6-0
5. Charles Garneau (FSCM) def. Anthony Braem (BSU) 6-3, 6-2
6. Austin Comings (FSCM) def. Connor Pickering (BSU) 6-1, 3-6, 10-6

Doubles competition
1. Benoit Paradis/Emanuel Lueber (FSCM) def. Jacob Carey/Piotr Kruk (BSU) 8-4
2. Vishwesh Sinha/Aziz Yuldashev (BSU) def. Nathan Leavitt/Vladimir Barabash (FSCM) 8-3
3. Carl Lundberg/Austin Comings (FSCM) def. Vlad Catlan/Connor Pickering (BSU) 8-4

Match Notes
Bluefield State 10-2; Regional ranking #1
Florida Southern 6-6; National ranking #25; Regional ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,3,5,2,6,1)

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