LAKELAND – Florida Southern rode a 2-1 doubles lead into a 4-2 singles victory as the 38th-ranked Moccasins topped visiting West Alabama, 6-3, in a regional men's tennis match played here Tuesday at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center. The win, FSC's third in a row and fifth in their last six matches, improves the team's record to 9-6, while West Alabama drops its sixth straight match to fall to 7-12.
Fabian Lundberg and Brian Slivonik defeated Christopher Wood and Andri Stratiienko, 8-1, at number two doubles, but UWA's duo of Julius Kaverinen and Henrik Sinkko downed FSC's Laurent Mailloux and Miguel Alvarez-Hevia, 8-4, at number one to tie the match. Jose de Sario and Derek Bell, playing at number three for the Mocs, took a 8-6 victory over Honorio Fernandez and Nicolai Jachamowitz, 8-6, to give the Moccasins a 2-1 edge heading into singles play.
Oscar Soderlund commenced singles action with a 6-1, 6-0 triumph over Jachamowitz at number six singles for Florida Southern and also got a win at number three from Slivonik as he took a 6-1, 6-0 win from Stratiienko for a 4-2 FSC lead.
West Alabama came back to take the next two matches as Wood defeated Alvarez-Hevia, 6-2, 6-1 at number five and Kaverinen downed Lundberg, 6-1, 6-3 at number one to tie the match at 4-all.
The win went to the Moccasins as de Sario emerged with a 6-3, 6-2 win at number two singles over Fernandez. Mailloux then put the exclamation point on the FSC victory with a 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 1-0 (7-3) win over Sinkko.
Florida Southern will take a 2-1 league record into a Sunshine State Conference showdown on Wednesday at Florida Tech in Melbourne at noon.