LAKELAND - The Florida Southern men's tennis team saw its three-match win streak snapped here Tuesday as 17th-ranked North Georgia narrowly defeated the Moccasins, 5-4, at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center.
After the visitors took a 3-1 lead following doubles and the first singles match to finish, Florida Southern roared back with three straight singles wins to take a 4-3 lead before the Nighthawks won the final two singles pairings for the final margin.
Tim Becker and Derek Bell started the match with a win for the Moccasins, topping North Georgia's number two doubles team of Carl Bedrot Kevin Candido, 8-4. The Nighthawks came back to win at number three with Tim Kiehl and Zack Waldow defeating Victor Ahlbeck and Blaine Miller, 8-5, while FSC's number one team of Matt Matsuyama and Miguel Alvarez-Hevia dropped an 8-6 decision to Niklas Zielen and Ryan Gaskin.
In singles, Waldrow gave North Georgia a 3-1 lead with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Lennart Vossgaetter at number five. FSC answered with three straight wins as Alvarez-Hevia won 7-6 (8-5), 4-1 (ret.) over Zielen at number two and Alvaro Arias, winning 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 at number one over Gaskin, the 10th-ranked player in the Southeast Region. Victor Ahlbeck ranked 20th in the South Region, completed the trio of wins with a 3-6, 7-6, 6-2 triumph at number three over Kiehl.
However, North Georgia took the final two matches with Mark Laishley downing Becker, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 at number four and Candido defeating Matsuyama, 7-5, 7-5 at number six.
Florida Southern hits the courts once again on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at home against Southern New Hampshire at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center.