VALDOSTA, GA - The Florida Southern men's tennis team opened its fall season Friday at the ITA Small College Regional Championship, hosted by Valdosta State University. The Moccasins were originally scheduled to begin play last weekend at the Panther Invitational, but that was canceled last weekend due to Hurricane Irma.
Victor Ahlbeck advanced undefeated after having an opening round bye and posting a 6-2, 6-2 win over Trey Randall of Mississippi College. Ahlbeck will face Ziad Melhaoui of Rollins today at noon in the round of 32.
Miguel Alvarez-Hevia received a first-round bye and then fell to Davis Stewart of the host Valdosta State by a 6-0, 6-3 score. He will take on Stanislav Feofilov of Palm Beach Atlantic today.
Tim Becker also received a first-round bye and then dropped a 6-4, 6-0 match to Kay Bartmann of Lynn.
Lennart Vossgäetter was defeated 6-2, 6-3 in the first round by Alfonso Castellano of West Florida. He next faces Rodolfo Arreyque of Embry-Riddle.
Matt Matsuyama had a bye in the opening round and then loss 6-1, 6-1 to third-seeded Carlos Gomez of Barry. After a bye, Matsuyama will play James Finnigan of Florida Tech.
Alvaro Arias also had a bye in the opening round and then was defeated 6-1, 7-6 by sixth-seeded Jordi Mas of Valdosta State. Arias also has a bye Saturday and will play the winner of the match between Saint Leo's Francisco Aparicio and West Alabama's Honorio Fernandez.
In doubles action, Becker and Vossgäetter got a bye in the opening round and then fell, 8-1 to the sixth-seeded duo of Aria Canadell and Ricardo Corona of Florida Tech. The Mocs' pairing then got another bye and will play Auburn-Montgomery's Giovanni Bellio and Santiago Vegli
Ahlbeck and Alvarez-Hevia also had a opening bye and then dropped an 8-4 match to the fifth-seeded team of Nicolo De Fraia and Guillermo Nicolas of Rollins.
Also after a first-round bye, Arias and Matsuyama were defeated 8-2 by Aparicio and Bruno Babic of Saint Leo. The duo will next take on Melhaoui and Daniel Ferl of Rollins.
The ITA Regional continue thru the finals on Monday. Fifteen schools have entered individuals in the four-day event.