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Men's Tennis Falls to Top-Ranked West Florida

Men's Tennis Falls to Top-Ranked West Florida

LAKELAND - The Florida Southern's men's team picked up two singles wins, but it wasn't enough as the Moccasins fell, 7-2, to top-ranked West Florida here Sunday at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center. The Moccasins drop to 0-4 on the season while West Florida improves to 7-1.

Florida Southern's Alvaro Arias upset 7th-ranked Serdar Bojadjiev, 6-7 (4-8), 7-6 (8-4), 10-7, at number one singles while Victor Ahlbeck posted a win over 40th-ranked Nicolas Lecoutre of West Florida, 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (9-7) at number three for the Moccasins' two victories.

"Our schedule is very top-heavy and it has made us better," said Moccasin head coach Greg Van Emburgh. "We will start winning soon."

Miguel Alvarez-Hevia fell to Lucas Sanchez, 6-2, 7-5, at number two singles while 23rd-ranked Alfonso Castellano defeated Tim Becker, 6-4, 7-5, at number four. At number five singles, Juan Cabrera downed Lennart Vossgaetter, 6-2, 6-3, while at number six, Gerard Rodriguez topped Oscar Soderlund, 6-3, 7-6 (8-4).

In doubles, Bojadjiev and Sanchez beat Matt Matsuyama and Alvarez-Hevia, 9-8 (8-4), at number one while at number two, Castellano and Nicholas Springer defeated Derek Bell and Tim Becker, 8-4. In the final doubles match, Lecoutre and Robin Rafaitin topped Soderlund and Blaine Miller, 8-4.

Florida Southern will host Walsh on March 8 at 10 a.m. at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center.