LAKELAND – After two postponements due to weather, Florida Southern and Flagler finally got to play their match originally scheduled for Feb. 6. For the Moccasins, the third time was not a charm as the 25th-ranked Saints handed the Moccasins a 6-3 defeat, spoiling Florida Southern's home opener here Thursday at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center on the FSC campus.
Hard rains postponed the Feb. 6 match which was then rescheduled to be played yesterday, but with a forecast for more rain, the two teams decided to move to the match to today.
Flagler's number one doubles team of Kevin Gonzalez and Lukas Storck picked up the match's first win with a 8-4 decision over the Mocs' team of Miguel Alvarez-Hevia and Laurent Mailloux. Lennart Luneborg and Konstantin Dustmann gave Flagler a 2-0 lead with a 9-7 win over FSC's Oscar Soderlund and Derek Bell.
The Moccasins' number two doubles team of Jose de Sario and Brian Slivonik beat Flagler's Hermann Gertmann and Willy Hasselberg, 9-7, for FSC's lone doubles point and cut the Saints' lead to 2-1 heading into singles.
Lubeborg downed Slivonik, 7-5 and 6-3, for Flagler's first win at number five singles while Storck gave the Saints' a 4-1 lead with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Mailloux. Lundberg beat Gertmann 6-2, 6-4 at number one singles to put the match at while Alvarez-Hevia won out, 7-5, 6-3, over Willy Hasselberg at number four to pull the Mocs' within one, 4-3, in the team score.
Gonzalez went on to record a 6-3, 7-6 (8-3) win over de Sario at number two singles to clinch the win for Flagler and improved its record to 4-2. Daniel Arrien then put a cap on the Saints' win with a 2-6, 6-3, 10-7 win over Viallaneix at number six singles.
Florida Southern (0-2) hits the road for its next three matches playing Friday at 3 p.m. against Alabama-Hunstville on the campus of West Alabama while playing UWA on Saturday at 12 p.m. The Moccaisns close out the road tripe with a match on Sunday at Mississippi College at 3 p.m.