CLINTON, MS – Completing a stretch of four matches in four days while playing in three different states, Florida Southern closed out a grueling road trip with a perfect record after defeating Mississippi College 7-2 on Sunday afternoon.
The Moccasins, who are now 3-2 overall, played a make-up match with Flagler in Lakeland on Thursday afternoon before embarking on their trip that had them play three matches against Gulf South Conference and South Region opponents Alabama-Huntsville, West Alabama and Mississippi College. After winning the first two on Friday and Saturday, the Mocs made it three in a row Sunday in breezy conditions by claiming three very tight doubles matches before wins by juniors Jose de Sario and Laurent Mailloux put the Mocs up 5-0 and secured the outcome.
De Sario won his match at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-1, which was really the only one-sided score of the day. Mailloux then hit the clincher with his 6-4, 6-2 victory at No. 3, and it gave both he and de Sario 3-0 individual records on the trip. Freshman Oscar Soderlund was also undefeated on the road trip after he outlasted Taylor Griffith at No. 6 singles 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) to give Florida Southern its final team point of the day.
The Moccasins' fourth singles win came from sophomore Brian Slivonik at the No. 5 position, and that 6-4, 6-3 win gave them a 6-0 lead in the match. The Choctaws (4-4) then got their two points at No. 4 and No. 1 before Soderlund closed things out for Florida Southern.
Even though Florida Southern won all three doubles points, all three of those matches were extremely close. Soderlund and Derek Bell gave the Mocs their first point with an 8-6 decision at No. 3, and Mailloux and sophomore Miguel Alvarez-Hevia won their match at No. 1 by the same score. The battle at No. 2 doubles was even tighter, with de Sario and Slivonik pulling out a 9-8 (7-4) victory.
Florida Southern will have Monday off after returning to Lakeland, but will be back in action Tuesday at 5 p.m. when it hosts Chestnut Hill (Pa.).