LAKELAND – Florida Southern finished out the 2016 season with an 8-1 setback at the hands of sixth-ranked Embry-Riddle here Monday at the Warden Tennis Center.
The Moccasins, ranked 43rd in the NCAA Division II, fall to 14-9 on the season, while Embry-Riddle improves to 12-2 with its third straight win.
Embry-Riddle swept through the doubles competition, beginning at number three doubles where Roberto Cuellar and Juan Verbene downed the Moccasins' duo of Arthur Viallaneix and Derek Bell by an 8-3 score. The Eagles' number two team of Fabian Zierleyn and Carlos Becke, ranked 21st in the nation, got by the Mocs' pairing of Miguel Alvarez-Hevia and Oscar Soderlund, 8-6. Deni Zmak and Juan Ortiz Couder, the 13th ranked doubles team in Division II, recorded an 8-3 victory over Jose de Sario and Brian Slivonik at number one.
Couder earned the Eagles' fourth point of the match with a 6-3, 6-1 triumph over Viallaneix while Zmak, ranked sixth nationally in singles, clinched the win for Embry-Riddle with a 6-2, 6-3 win over de Sario at number one.
Slivonik then picked up Florida Southern's lone point of the match with a 6-4, 6-3 upset of Zierleyn, the 29th ranked singles competitor in Division II.
ERAU's Luke de Caries downed Soderlund, 6-4, 7-5, at number five singles, while Becke defeated Alvarez-Hevia, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 at number three. Cuellar wrapped up the match for the Eagles with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Bell.
Florida Southern will compete next at the 2016 Sunshine State Conference Tournament, May 28-30, at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa. The Moccasins completed the SSC regular season with a 3-3 mark to earn the number four seed in the tournament. Joining the Moccasins in the six-team tournament will be Saint Leo (6-0), Barry (5-1), Lynn (4-2), Rollins (2-4) and Florida Tech (1-5).