LAKELAND – Florida Southern first match of the college's Spring Break was anything but a walk on the beach as the Moccasins battled to a 5-4 upset of 32nd-ranked Ferris State here Monday at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center. The win was the Moccasins' fifth in their last six matches and improves their record to 5-3, while the loss snaps a four-game win streak by Ferris State to drop their record to 6-2.
"What a battle," said FSC Head Coach Trey Heath.
Florida Southern took just one of the three doubles matches as the number one team of Laurent Mailloux and Miguel Alvarez-Hevia prevailed, 8-5, over Ferris State's Vasil Surduk and Nur Aim Ramdani Iswan. Ferris State had won the first two doubles matches as Till von Winning and Daniil Tarantinov recorded a 8-6 win over Jose de Sario and Brian Slivonik and Steward Sell and Alex Brown won out, 9-7, at number three over Fabian Lundberg and Oscar Soderlund.
The Moccasins tied the match at 2-2 when Alvarez-Hevia won 6-4, 6-4 over Sell at number four singles, and then took a 3-2 lead as Lundberg posted a three-set win over Surduk, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1, at number one singles.
"Miguel played a great strategic match." said Heath, "and Fabian overcame a hard-hitting opponent and used his crafty style to win."
But the Bulldogs battled back to knot the match once again at 3-all with a 6-4, 6-2 win by Iswan over the Moccasins' Mailloux at number three singles.
in the decisive match, de Sario was down 4-5 and love-40 at number two then played, what according to Heath, was "an amazing group of points," to draw even. He then broke serve to go up 6-5 and then held serve to clinch Florida Southern win.
Ferris State took the final set as Simon Levy topped Soderlun, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 at number six singles.
Florida Southern will have a busy day on Tuesday playing a 10 a.m. match at home against Walsh and then hit the road to play Bloomsburg in Melbourne at 5 p.m.