LAKELAND – Florida Southern's Miguel Alvarez-Hevia topped Ahmed Albitar, 7-5, 7-5, to lift the 43rd-ranked Moccasins to a 5-4 upset victory over #30 Rollins in a Sunshine State Conference match here Wednesday at the Warden Tennis Center.
Florida Southern improves to 13-7 overall and 2-2 in the SSC with the win, while Rollins falls to 5-12 overall and 0-3 in the league.
The Moccasins took a 2-1 lead after doubles competition with all three matches going to the tiebreaker. The first point went to FSC's number one doubles team of Jose de Sario and Brian Slivonik which edged out Anton Bettink and Adrian Di Felice, the 11th ranked doubles team in the NCAA Division II, by a 9-8 score with a 7-4 tiebreaker.
Rollins evened the scored at number three with a 9-8 (8-6) victory by Patrick Sell and Ziad Melhaoui over Arthur Viallaneix and Fabian Lundberg. Oscar Soderlund and Alvarez-Hevia gave the Mocs their second point with a 9-8 (11-9) triumph over Robin Marchione and Ahmed Albitar at number two.
"Doubles was a nail-biter," said FSC Head Coach Trey Heath. "All were close and all could have gone either way."
De Sario opened singles play with dominating 6-0, 6-3 win over Sell as the Mocs grabbed a two-point margin.
"Jose played like a man possessed and got us to a 3-1 lead," said Heath.
Again, the Tars got the point back as Bettink, ranked 10th in the nation, downed Lundberg 6-3, 6-2 at number one singles while Marchione tied the match for Rollins with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) win over Silvonik at number three.
Rollins then moved within one point of taking the match as Melhaoui defeated Soderlund 6-2, 6-3 at number six singles.
Viallaneix tied the match for the Moccasins with a hard-fought 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 win over Di Felice at number five singles, setting up Alvarez-Hevia's match clinching victory.
Florida Southern plays its next match one week from today as the team travels to Saint Leo on Wednesday, April 13 to face the second-ranked Lions at 4 p.m.