LAKELAND - The Florida Southern men's tennis team rolled to a 9-0 win over visiting West Chester here Thursday at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center. The victory is the Moccasins fifth in their last six games and evens the team's record to 5-5 on the season. West Chester is still looking for their first win at 7-0.
Oscar Soderlund and Blaine Miller got things started on the right foot for the Moccasins with an 8-1 win over Lucien DeCecco and Gavin Kenny at number three singles while Victor Ahlbeck and Derek Bell downed Adam Courtemanche and Aidan Henken, 8-4, at number two. Miguel Alvarez-Hevia and Matt Matsuyama then edged Lucas Von der Heyde and Charlie Rushing by an 8-5 tally. It was the fifth win in the last six doubles matches for Alvarez-Hevia and Matsuyama.
Derek Bell picked up an easy win at number six when Kenny forfeited and Ahlbeck, ranked 20th in the South Region, also won by forfeit after winning the first set, 6-1, over Rushing at number two singles to lock up the Moccasin victory. The win was Ahlbeck's third in a row and sixth in his last seven matches. Soderlund then blanked Courtemanche, 6-0, 6-0, at number four for his fourth consecutive win while Alvarez-Hevia rolled to his sixth straight win with a 6-0, 6-2, triumph over Von Der Heyde at number one. Matsuyama then recorded a 6-1, 6-4 win over Henken at number three while Miller completed the blanking with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over DeCecco at number five in his singles season debut.
Florida Southern will wrap up the non-conference portion of its schedule on Friday with a 3 p.m. home match against Queens (NY) which will bring an 11-1 record into the contest after suffering its first defeat of the season today in a match against Auburn-Montgomery.