LAKELAND – Florida Southern made its first match as a ranked team a solid one, downing Southern New Hampshire by an 8-1 score here Thursday at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center.
The Moccasins, who for the first time this season cracked the top ten of the Oracle/ITA South Region Rankings at #10 in the poll released yesterday, improved to 9-4 on the season matching the best record at this point in the season for a squad since the 2011 team was also 9-4 through the first 13 matches of the season.
"Great performances at the top and bottom of the line-up," said FSC Coach Trey Heath. "The middle battled through for the victories."
The Florida Southern team of Jose de Sario and Brian Slivonik topped Southern New Hampshire's Miguel Marreiros and Tiago Fernandes, 8-2, at number one doubles, while Miguel Alvarez-Hevia and Laurent Mailloux picked up FSC's second point with an 8-3 win over Richard Marrerios and Xavier Aubron, which are ranked eighth in the East Region rankings.
Southern New Hampshire, which is ranked 10th in the East Region with a 2-6 record, got its only point of the match as its number three doubles team of Sebastian Ramirez and Max Georgeff downed the Mocs duo of Fabian Lundberg and Arthur Viallaniez, 8-6.
The Moccasins swept all six singles matches starting with Viallaneix posting a 6-1, 6-1 win over Ramirez at number five. De Sario upped his record to 9-2 at number two singles with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Miguel Merreiros, who is ranked 12 in the East Region.
Oscar Soderlund then clinched the win for Florida Southern with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Jeremy Rechenthal at number six singles. Lundberg improved to 10-3 at number one singles with a 6-0, 6-2 defeat of Ricardo Marreiros, who came into the match ranked 10 in the East.
Slivonik kept the wins coming for the Moccasins with a 6-3, 7-5 victory against Tiago Fernandes at number four singles while Alvarez-Hevia completed the sweep with a 6-4, 6-3 win at number three over Aubron, the #15th ranked player in the East.
Florida Southern hosts West Florida Friday at 2 p.m. at the Warden Tennis Center.