LAKELAND, FL - It was a statement first win of the season for Florida Southern College men's tennis on Saturday afternoon as they upset No. 12 Palm Beach Atlantic, 5-2. The Moccasins (1-5, 1-1) won the doubles point over the Sailfish (1-1, 0-1) while all of their four singles flights wins went to three sets.
The win is the first over a ranked opponent for the Mocs since March 7, 2016, when they won 5-4 over No. 32 Ferris State. Tim Becker earned his first wins of the season in the No. 2 singles flight and in the No. 2 doubles flight paired with Brian Pham. Miroslav Cvjetan continued to dominate in the No. 4 singles flight, improving to 3-0 in that spot and 4-2 overall in singles play.
HOW IT HAPPENED
|1. Philipp Hoffmann (PBAM) def. Valentin Hertweck (FSCM) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4|
|2. Tim Becker (FSCM) def. Umberto Rosi (PBAM) 6-1, 1-6, 6-3|
|3. Pietro de Silva (PBAM) def. Victor Ahlbeck (FSCM) 6-2, 6-4|
|4. Miroslav Cvjetan (FSCM) def. Thomas Salmon (PBAM) 6-1, 4-6, 7-5|
|5. Oscar Sohl (FSCM) def. Rodolfo Hasegawa (PBAM) 7-5, 5-7, 6-0|
|6. Brian Pham (FSCM) def. Carlos Niemeyer (PBAM) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3|
|1. Pietro de Silva/Philipp Hoffmann (PBAM) def. Brandon Pham/Oscar Sohl (FSCM) 7-6 (7-5)|
|2. Brian Pham/Tim Becker (FSCM) def. Rodolfo Hasegawa/Thomas Salmon (PBAM) 6-3|
|3. Valentin Hertweck/Victor Ahlbeck (FSCM) def. Umberto Rosi/Carlos Niemeyer (PBAM) 7-5|
|Palm Beach Atl. 1-1; National ranking #12; Regional ranking #7|
|Florida Southern 1-5|
|Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,2,1,4,6,5)|
The Moccasins will be back in action next weekend for a three-game non-conference homestand, starting with Grand Valley State on Saturday, March 2 at 11:00 a.m.