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Overnight Road Trip Doesn't Deter Mocs as They Earn 7-2 Win Over Alabama-Huntsville

Overnight Road Trip Doesn't Deter Mocs as They Earn 7-2 Win Over Alabama-Huntsville

LIVINGSTON, Ala. - Florida Southern put together one of its best matches of the young season here Friday afternoon as the Moccasins posted a 7-2 win over Alabama-Huntsville in South Region action at the Howard R. Vaugahn Tennis Complex on the campus of West Alabama.

What's more impressive about the win is it came less than 24 hours after the Mocs fell 6-3 at home to 25th-ranked Flagler. Following Thursday's match against the Flagler, the Mocs hopped into a van around 7:30 p.m. and drove a little over 10 hours and 600 miles to play Friday's match.

Friday's match was the first of three matches in three days for the Mocs as they will play on Saturday in Livingston against West Alabama, before traveling to Clinton, Miss., for a match on Sunday afternoon against Mississippi College.

"Not a bad showing for an overnight trip from Florida Southern to Alabama," Moccasin head coach Trey Heath said. 

With Friday's win, the Mocs improve to 1-2 on the season, while UAH fell to 1-5.

FSC opened Friday's match by sweeping all three doubles matches to earn the doubles point.

Junior Laurent Mailloux (Montreal, Quebec) and sophomore Miguel Alvarez-Hevia (Asturias, Spain) opened with an 8-3 win at the No. 1 spot, while sophomore Brian Slivonik (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) and junior Jose de Sario (Dorlamar, Venezuela) picked up an 8-2 win at the No. 2 spot and freshman Oscar Soderlund (Lerum, Sweden) and sophomore Derek Bell (Creve Coeur, Mo.) picked up an 8-5 win at the No. 3 spot.

For de Sario and Slivonik it was their second consecutive victory as they picked up a 9-7 win on Thursday at the No. 2 spot against Flagler.

In singles, the Mocs won two of the first three matches to seal its 7-2 victory and would ultimatey prevail in four of the six singles matches on the day.

FSC's first singles win came at the No. 2 spot as de Sario collected a 6-3, 6-4 win over UAH's Brodie Holmes. The Chargers would earn its first point at No. 5 singles as Harrison Stone won identical 6-3 scores over Bell.

With the Mocs leading 4-1 in the match, FSC sealed the victory with a win at the No. 3 spot by Mailloux as he posted a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Rodrigo Palomino. It was Mailloux's first singles win of the season.

The Mocs added its sixth win at the No. 6 spot as Soderlund defeated Arthur Menezes in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. 

FSC would then earn its seventh and final point with a win by junior Fabian Lundberg (Akersberga, Sweden) at the No. 1 spot over UAH's Elliot Hopson. Hopson won the first set, 6-2, but Lundberg rallied to win the next two sets, 6-2 and 6-3 to claim the victory.

The Chargers would win its second point of the match as they posted a win in a third set tiebreaker at the No. 4 spot by Noah Pring. Pring opened with a 7-6 win in the first set, before falling 6-0 in the second set to Slivonik. In the tiebreacker, Pring captured a 10-7 victory over Slivonik to earn UAH's second final win of the match.

FSC will remain in Livingston as they face the University of West Alabama in a 12 p.m. Eastern match on Saturday, Feb. 27, before playing in Clinton, Miss., on Sunday, Feb. 28 against Mississippi College at 3 p.m. Eastern.