Two Mocs Get First Wins as Florida Southern Downs Merrimack, 8-1

Two Mocs Get First Wins as Florida Southern Downs Merrimack, 8-1

LAKELAND – Freshman Brian Wilson picked up his first collegiate win while Matt Matsuyama got his first win of the season as Florida Southern topped Merrimack, 8-1, here Tuesday at the Warden Tennis Center. Florida Southern is ranked 10th in the South Region while Merrimack is ranked fifth in the East Region.

Wilson and Mattsuyama teamed together to defeat Merrimack's duo of Mikhail Belov and Tyler Clontz by a 8-5 score at number three doubles while Jose de Sario and Brian Slivonik gave the Mocs a second win in doubles with an 8-3 victory over Nick Majewski and Laurence Akwei. Fabian Lundberg and Arthur Viallaneix made it a Mocs' clean sweep with a 9-7 win over Frank Vega and Miguel Belfort.

In singles, Slivonik topped Majewski, 6-3, 6-2, at number two to get his 11th win in the last 12 matches. Vega picked up Merrimack's lone point with a 7-5, 6-0 win over the Mocs' Miguel Alvarez-Hevia at number three.

"I decided to rest Jose de Sario and moved Brian up to number two, and he stepped up and played a great match," said FSC Coach Trey Heath.

Viallaneix, this week's Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week, won his seventh match in a row with a 6-4, 6-4, victory versus Belfort at number four singles to clinch the match for Florida Southern, which improves to 10-5 on the season.

Fabian Lundberg downed Belov, 6-2, 7-5 at number one while Oscar Soderlund beat Akwei, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) while Matsuyama wrapped up the match with a 6-4, 6-4, win over Alex Slobn at number six. Lundberg has now won seven of his last eight matches.

Florida Southern will host Augustana (S.D.) tomorrow at the Warden Tennis Center in a rare night match, beginning at 6 pm.