LAKELAND - Florida Southern's doubles teams of Laurent Mailloux and Brian Slivonik as well as Miguel Alvarez-Hevia and Fabian Lundberg won their first round matches in the USTA/ITA South Region Championships played here Friday at the Beerman Family Tennis Center.
Mailloux and Slivonik downed Bernardo Ferreira and Carlos Niemeyer of Palm Beach Atlantic by a 9-7 score to advance to round two where they will face Pedro Dumont and Alex Peyrot of West Florida Saturday morning. Alvarez-Hevia and Lundberg posted an 8-3 victory over Lynn's Jose Porfirio and Paolo Santos to move on to Saturday's morning's match against Barry's Carlos Gomez and Vivien Versier.
In another doubles match, Derek Bell and Oscar Soderlund were tripped up, 8-5, by Vincent Dubosclard and Birkir Gunnarsson of Auburn-Montgomery. Bell and Soderlund will play Rollins' Guilheme Dumit and Francesco Racanelli in the consolation round on Saturday.
In singles, Mailloux opened play with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Mickael Faucher of Embry-Riddle and then dropped a 6-0, 6-2 loss to Auburn-Montgomery's Francisco Mendieta, 6-0, 6-2. Soderlund was defeated by Lynn's Santos, 7-5, 7-5, and then was eliminated Auburn-Montgomery's Gunnarsson, 6-1, 6-0.
Slivonik fell, 6-4, 6-1, to Valdosta State's Xavier Pineda and then topped Florida Tech's Siliu Soloman, 6-2, 6-3 in the first round of the consolation bracket. Slivonik will play West Florida's Sebastian Sancez Saturday. Alvarez-Hevia lost, 6-3, 6-1, to Auburn-Montgomery's Alvaro Terro and then was eliminated by Sami Kirberg of Rollins, 6-2, 2-6 (11).
Lunderg was toppled 7-5, 6-2, by Rollin's Racanelli, but rebounded with a 6-1, 6-0 win in the consolation opener over Embry-Riddle's Carlos Becke. Lundberg will play AUM's Santiago Veglia in the next round of consolation play Saturday. Matt Matsuyama lost his opening round match, 6-2, 6-0, to Palm Beach Atlantic's Philipp Hoffman but came back to win, 6-1, 6-4, over Eckerd's Victor Applequist in the consolation opener. Matsuyama will next face Rollins' Patrick Sell Saturday.