ST. AUGUSTINE, FL - A rainy, cold afternoon set the tone on Friday as the Florida Southern College men's tennis team dropped its season-opener 5-2 to No. 6 Flagler. The Moccasins (0-1) fell behind early when the Saints (1-0) swept all three doubles matches and couldn't overcome strong play from Flagler's top four. Freshmen Miroslav Cvjetan and Brian Pham persevered in both of their three-set singles matches to record the only points for the Mocs.
The Saints cruised in doubles action as the number one doubles duo of Lukas Storck/Konstantin Dustmann defeated John Sakellarides/Tim Becker, 6-3, and the number three doubles tandem Luca Bolla/Daniel Arrien defeated Valentin Hertweck/Victor Ahlbeck, 6-1. The Mocs' twin pairing of Brandon Pham/Brian Pham kept the match close in number two doubles but lost 6-4 to Felipe Carvalho/Rasmus Jonsson.
Singles action saw Cvjetan and Pham gain back some momentum as both won three-set matches. Cvjetan came back from dropping the first set 3-6 to win sets two and three 6-4 and 6-2 and defeat Konstantin Dustmann. Brian Pham defeated Daniel Arrien by rebounding from a close 5-7 first set to take sets two and three 6-4, 6-3, respectively.
Flagler won the one, two and four single matchups in two-set sweeps. The Moccasins put up a fight in the three singles match as Hertweck lost the first set against Felipe Carvalho 6-7 with a 3-7 tiebreaker but came back to win the second set 2-6. Carvalho won the tiebreaker 10-5 to wrap the match and give Flagler the 5-2 win.
The Moccasins will have their home-opener on Saturday, Feb. 8 as they host Division-I Stetson at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center.
Florida Southern Tennis
Florida Southern vs Flagler (Feb 01, 2019)
#6 Flagler 5, Florida Southern 2
Feb 01, 2019 at St. Augustine, Fla. (Flagler Tennis Center)
|1. Lukas Storck (FLG) def. Victor Ahlbeck (FSCM) 6-4, 7-5|
|2. Rasmus Jonsson (FLG) def. Tim Becker (FSCM) 6-4, 6-1|
|3. Felipe Carvalho (FLG) def. Valentin Hertweck (FSCM) 7-6 (7-3), 2-6, 1-0 (10-5)|
|4. Luca Bolla (FLG) def. Brandon Pham (FSCM) 6-1, 6-4|
|5. Miroslav Cvjetan (FSCM) def. Konstantin Dustmann (FLG) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2|
|6. Brian Pham (FSCM) def. Daniel Arrien (FLG) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3|
|1. Lukas Storck/Konstantin Dustmann (FLG) def. John Sakellarides/Tim Becker (FSCM) 6-3|
|2. Felipe Carvalho/Rasmus Jonsson (FLG) def. Brandon Pham/Brian Pham (FSCM) 6-4|
|3. Luca Bolla/Daniel Arrien (FLG) def. Valentin Hertweck/Victor Ahlbeck (FSCM) 6-1|
|Florida Southern 0-1|
|Flagler 1-0; National ranking #6; Regional ranking #3|
|Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,4,1,5,3,6)|