Men's Tennis Battles Hard for 6-3 Win over Palm Beach Atlantic

Men's Tennis Battles Hard for 6-3 Win over Palm Beach Atlantic

LAKELAND - Florida Southern battled Palm Beach Atlantic through three, three-set matches to defeated visiting Palm Beach Atlantic, 6-3, here Saturday at the Wynne Warden Tennis Complex. The win, FSC's seventh in its last nine matches, improves the No. 38 ranked Moccasins' record to 8-6 overall and 2-1 in Sunshine State Conference while the 49th-ranked Sailfish drop to 10-4 overall and 0-2 in the SSC.

The Moccasins grabbed the first two doubles matches as Jose de Sario and Derek Bell combined to defeat Philipp Hoffmann and Thomas Salmon, 9-7, at number three and Fabian Lundberg and Brian Slivonik downed Pato Zarazua and Pietro de Silva, 8-6, at number two.

The Sailfish avoided the doubles sweep as Bernardo Ferreira and Rafael Lenz topped Laurent Mailloux and Miguel Alvarez-Hevia, 8-6.

In singles, FSC's Lundberg won out, 6-1, 6-2, over PBA's Lenz at number one, while Salmon came back with a win for the Sailfish, downing Oscar Soderlund, 6-4, 6-2, at number six.

Slivonik then grabbed Florida Southern's easiest win, 6-1, 6-4, over Hoffmann at number three to put FSC ahead 4-2. Alvarez-Hevia then clinched the win for the Moccasins with a 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 win over de Silva at number five.

FSC's final win came at number two as de Sario triumphed, 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 over Pato Zarazua at number two. The day's final match went to Palm Beach Atlantic's Ferreira as he downed Mailloux, 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4 at number four. 

Florida Southern plays again on Tuesday at 2 p.m. against West Alabama at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center.