MELBOURNE - Playing just their second match away from home this month, the 38th-ranked Florida Southern men's tennis team traveled to No. 48 Florida Tech on Wednesday and handed the Panthers a 6-3 defeat here at the campus courts. The victory, the Moccasins third in a row and eighth in the last nine matches, improves FSC's record to 10-6 overall and 3-1 in the SSC. The Panthers fall to 12-9 overall and 1-3 in the league.
Florida Southern won two of the three doubles matches with Fabian Lundberg and Brian Slivonik posting an 8-2 win over Majed Alshaikh and James Finnigan at number two doubles. Laurent Mailloux and Miguel Alvarez-Hevia then dropped an 8-3 win at number one to Aria Canadell and Ricky Coronato to knot the match at 1-all, while Jose de Sario and Derek Bell gave FSC a 2-1 lead heading into singles with a 9-7 win at number three over Wade Ball and Tjimon Louisy.
In singles, Mailloux took a 6-4, 6-4 win from Ball at number three to win his 10th match against five losses while Canadell picked up Florida Tech's first win of the match with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Lundberg at number one. Florida Southern took a 5-2 lead as de Sario defeated Corona, 6-2, 6-2, at number two to move to 9-6 and then sealed the win with a 7-5, 6-2 win by Alvarez-Hevia at number four. The win improves Alvarez-Hevia's record to 12-3 on the season.
The two teams split the final two matches with FSC's Oscar Soderlund taking a 6-1, 6-4, win at number five from Finnigan to improve to 9-3 on the season and FIT's Clark defeating Blaine Miller at number six.
Florida Southern returns home on Sunday to face 2nd-ranked Barry at 10:30 a.m. at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center.