LAKELAND - Florida Southern grabbed two of three doubles matches and held on to defeat Mercyhurst, 7-2, here Tuesday at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center. The victory, the Mocccasins' second in a row and third in the last four matches, improves FSC to 3-4 on the year while Mercyhurst falls to 6-5.
"We won, but it was tight," said Moccasin head coach Trey Heath, "Doubles was hard fought while singles was a pure battle. It ended 7-2, but that could be the toughest 7-2 match I've ever been a part of in my ten years here."
In doubles, Florida Southern's Fabian Lundberg and Brian Slivonik teamed for an 8-2 win at number two doubles over Mercyhurst's Dusan Cerny and Arseniy Sklyarov while the Lakers' number three duo of Conor McCooey and Joaquin Aguilera defeated Jose de Sario and Blaine Miller, 8-6, to even the match.
Florida Southern took two easy wins at number four and five singles as Mailloux dispatched Cerny, 6-1, 6-2 at number four and Alvarez-Hevia posted a 6-1, 6-2 win at number five over Conor McCooey, to pull within one win of clinching the match, 4-1.
"That's when the battle ensued," said Heath.
Three of the four remaining singles matches went to a third set.
Slivonik split his first two sets with Aguilera, 6-4, 3-6, but roared back with 6-0 in the third set to seal the win.
Oscar Soderlund took his number six singles match for the Moccasins by a 7-6 (7-5), 7-5, win over Sklyarov while Mercyhurst's Terzic downed Lundberg, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. In the final singles match, de Sario fought back after dropping the first set, 0-6, to post 6-3 and 6-2 wins in the final two sets for the win against Cormac McCooey.
Florida Southern will play its third match in three days tomorrow at 10 a.m. against Chestnut Hill at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center.