LAKELAND - Florida Southern easily defeated Walsh University, 8-1, here Thursday to give Greg Van Emburgh his first win as head coach of the Moccasins. Florida Southern took two of three doubles matches and then swept all six singles matches.
"It was great getting my first win as a Mocs' head coach," said Van Emburgh. "A win is just what we need to gain some confidence and momentum. We look forward to tomorrow's match."
In doubles, the Moccasins (1-4) picked up a pair of wins as Matt Matsuyama and Miguel Alvarez-Hevia downed Vasily Vidmanov and Rodrigo Garcia, 8-4, at number one while Derek Bell and Tim Becker topped Jonah Carter and Heitor Adegas, 8-2, at number two. Walsh (5-6) avoided the shutout as Filipp Kulynych and Guilherme Carneiro outlasted Blaine Miller and Victor Ahlbeck, 9-7, for the Crusaders only point.
In singles, Alvaro Arias defeated Vidmanov, 6-7, 6-1, 10-4, at number one with Alvarez-Hevia breezing to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Kulynych at number two. Ahlbeck, ranked 20th in the South Region, posted a straight-set, 6-0, 6-0, victory over Carter at number three while Becker got by Garcia, 6-7, 6-4, 10-4 at number four. Lennart Vossgaetter won out, 6-3, 6-1, over Adegas at number five and at number six, Oscar Soderlund rallied to beat Carneiro, 3-6, 6-1, 10-8.
Florida Southern, ranked 10th in the South Region, entertains Grand Valley State, ranked fourth in the Midwest Region, tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center on the FSC campus