LAKELAND - Bluefield State, ranked 41st in the NCAA Division II, overcame a 2-1 deficit after doubles play to defeat No. 40 Florida Southern, 6-3, and snap a four-match win streak by the Moccasins.
The Big Blues took the first win of the match as Ignacio Pulido and Giorgi Datashvili defeated Florida Southern's Jose de Sario and Blaine Miller, 8-5, at number three. At number two, FSC's Fabian Lundberg and Brian Slivonik prevailed by a 9-7 score over Anthony Braem and Alexandr Rudenco while at number one doubles, Moccasins Laurent Mailloux and Miguel Alvarez-Hevia rallied from a 5-2 deficit with six straight wins to record a 8-5 victory over Platon Gud and Luca Ockernahl.
In singles, FSC's Slivonik fell, 6-2, 6-2, to Bluefield State's Rudenco at number three, snapping a five-match win streak by the Moccasin junior. Oscar Soderlund defeated Ockernahl, 6-4, 6-1 at number six put the Moccasins ahead, 3-2.
However, Florida Southern's Alvarez-Hevia also saw his six-match win streak stopped with a 6-2, 6-2, loss to Datashvili at number five, while Big Blue's Gud topped Lundberg, 6-2, 7-5, at number one singles. Pulido defeated Mailloux, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 at number four and Braem got by de Sario, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 at number two. For Mailloux and de Sario, their losses snapped persona four-match win streaks.
Florida Southern hits the courts once again on Monday at 3 p.m. against Wayne State (MI) at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center.