PENSACOLA – The Florida Southern College men's tennis team will open its fall season at the USTA/ITA Division II South Region Championships here this weekend. Play begins Friday and runs thru the championship on Monday. The matches are hosted by the University of West Florida and will be played at the Ralph "Skeeter" Carson Tennis Complex on the campus of UWF and the Roger Scott Tennis Center in Pensacola.
Coach Trey Heath will be taking four players to the regionals including two returning players and a pair of newcomers. The two returning players are junior Laurent Mailloux and sophomore Arthur Viallaneix. Making their Moccasins debuts will be sophomore Miguel Alvarez-Hevia and junior Jose De Sario.
Mailloux, who will open play in the singles bracket on Friday at 12:30 pm against Pedro Dumont of the host Argonauts, joined the Mocs last season after transferring from Ferris State University of Big Rapids, MI. As a sophomore last season, he posted a 5-17 record, playing seven matches at #1 singles and 11 at #2, as well as a pair of matches at #3.
Viallaneix, who also begins play on Friday at 12:30 pm against Florida Tech's Gerard Carpinell, came to the Moccasins last year after a MVP season at Winter Park High School where he qualified for the State Tennis Championships. As a freshman in 2014-15, he finished 6-18, playing five matches at #1, four at #2, and 13 at #3.
Alvarez-Hevia, who will face Florida Tech's Ricky Corona at 12:30 pm on Friday, played as a freshman at the University of Texas Rio Grande last season, posting a 9-9 record, primarily at #4 singles. He attended high school in Gijon, Spain and was ranked as high as 122nd in the nation.
De Sario, who will play Valdosta State's Xavi Pineda Friday at 1:30 pm, joins the Moccasins from Laredo Community College. He is originally from Dorlamer, Venezuela.
The winners from singles will play a second match later on Friday: Mailloux would play at 2:30 pm; Alvarez-Hevia would play at 3 pm; Viallaneix would play at 3:30 pm; and De Sario would play at 4 pm. The men's consolation bracket begins Saturday at 9:30 am. There are a total of 51 singles players in the regional.
In the doubles bracket, Mailloux and Villaneix received a first-round bye and therefore will open action on Friday at 10 am. Alvarez-Hevia and De Sario will begin doubles play Friday at 9 am against Lee University's Boyd Blackburn and Rhys Milne. The doubles winners bracket is Saturday at 4:30. There is no consolation bracket in doubles. Twenty-four doubles teams will compete in the event.
The winners will advance the USTA/ITA Small College Championships.