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Men's Tennis Runs Win Streak to Three With Win Over Wayne State

Tom Becker
Tom Becker

LAKELAND - The Moccasin express continued to roll Saturday, picking up its third straight win with a 6-3 decision over visiting Wayne State (MI) here at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center. The win improves Florida Southern, ranked 10th in the South Region, to 3-4 on the season while Wayne State drops to 6-5.

Florida Southern grabbed wins in two of the three singles matches and four of the six singles competition.

"This was a solid win for our team," said head coach Greg Van Emburgh. "I was proud of the way they played and competed."

In doubles, the Mocs' number one pairing of Matt Matsuyama and Miguel Alvarez-Hevia topped Warriors Mats Westkamp and Taylor Vane, 8-4, while at number two, Derek Bell and Tim Becker defeated Griffin Mertz and Harvey Reed by an 8-5 score. Florida Southern couldn't pull out the sweep as Blaine Miller and Victor Ahlbeck fell, 8-4, to Derek Sammons and Niklas Karcz at number three.

FSC's number one singles player, Alvaro Arias dropped a 6-2, 6-4 match to Westkamp, who is ranked 11th in the Midwest Region. Alvarez-Hevia picked up a W for the Mocs at number two eclipsing Vane, 6-4, 6-0 while Ahlbeck, ranked 20th in the South was edged 7-6, 7-5 by Mertz, who is 19th in the Midwest, at number three.

The Moccasins swept the final three matches as Becker and Lennart Vossgaetter came back from first set losses to win in three sets at number four and five, respectively. Becker defeated Karcz, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, and Vossgaetter beat Reed, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1. Matsuyama won at number six, downing Sammons, 6-2, 6-3.

Florida Southern will play next on Tuesday at home against North Georgia in a 3 p.m. match at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center.