LAKELAND – It took two days, but the wait was worth it as the Florida Southern men's tennis team squeezed by Wayne State (MI), 5-4, in a match that began and Monday and was suspended due to rain. The win is FSC's fifth in the last six matches and improves the team's record to 6-5 while Wayne State drops to 2-7.
The two teams began doubles play on Monday, but rains eventually forced the two teams to suspend play. Once play picked up once again on Tuesday, the Moccasins' #1 team of Laurent Mailloux and Miguel Alvarez-Hevia knocked off Warriors Ryan Carlson and Harvey Reed, 8-3.
Wayne State's number three doubles team of Mats Westkamp and Griffin Mertz defeated Jose de Sario/Blaine Miller, 8-4, to tie the match, but Fabian Lundberg and Brian Slivonik gave the Moccasins the lead once again, topping Clement Charriere and Taylor Vane, 8-3.
Oscar Soderlund got singles off on a good note for the Moccasins, defeating Carlson, 6-0, 6-0 at number, while Lundberg dropped a 6-5, 6-1 match at number one to Westkamp as the match evened out at 2-2.
Alvarez-Hevia won his match at number five, topping Reed, 6-4, 7-5, while Slivonik clinched the match for the Moccasins with a 6-4, 6-3 triumph over Vane at number three.
Wayne State grabbed the last two singles matches, with Charriere beat de Sario, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 at number two and Mertz defeated Mailloux, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 at number five.
Florida Southern was also playing Alabama-Huntsville today at 3 p.m. on the Wynee Warden Tennis Center courts.