LAKELAND, Fla. – Emanuel Lueber and Benoit Paradis staked #29 Florida Southern to an early lead Wednesday with a win at number one doubles, and Paradis also earned a win at number two singles, but #15 Saint Leo took the other seven points to down the host Moccasins 7-2.
Lueber and Paradis won their match over Bruno Sisti and Matt Nicholson-Lewis, 8-3, before the Lions won the next two doubles points in a pair of hard-fought matches. One of those went to a tie-breaker, with Jake Fleischer and Ismail Lemtouni edging Vladimir Barabash and Nathan Leavitt, 9-7. That gave Saint Leo (7-3, 2-2 SSC) a 2-1 lead going into singles play.
Paradis then evened the score for Florida Southern (3-5, 1-4 SSC) with a 6-1, 6-0 win against Sisti at number two singles. Lemtouni, however, put Saint Leo ahead to stay with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Barabash at the fourth flight.
Aloua Adjenak, ranked #21 individually in Division II, clinched the match for Saint Leo with a 6-3, 6-3 win over 34th-ranked Lueber at the top singles flight.
(Portions courtesy Tim Carpenter, Florida Southern Sports Information)
#15 Saint Leo 7, #29 Florida Southern 2
03/06/13 at Lakeland, Fla. (Wynee Warden Tennis Center)
|1. #21 Aloua Adjenak (SLM) def. #34 Emanuel Lueber (FSCM) 6-3, 6-3|
|2. Benoit Paradis (FSCM) def. Bruno Sisti (SLM) 6-1, 6-0|
|3. #29 Matt Nicholson-Lewis (SLM) def. Nathan Leavitt (FSCM) 6-2, 6-2|
|4. Ismail Lemtouni (SLM) def. Valdimir Barabash (FSCM) 6-3, 6-1|
|5. Jacobo Gonzalez (SLM) def. Carl Lundberg (FSCM) 7-5, 6-1, 10-6|
|6. Fons Verberne (SLM) def. Robbie Palmiotto (FSCM) 6-4, 7-6 (8-6)|
|1. Emanuel Lueber/Benoit Paradis (FSCM) def. Bruno Sisti/Matt Nicholson-Lewis (SLM) 8-5|
|2. Jake Fleischer/Ismail Lemtouni (SLM) def. Valdimir Barabash/Nathan Leavitt (FSCM) 9-7|
|3. Aloua Adjenak/Victor Lozier (SLM) def. Carl Lundberg/Robbie Palmiotto (FSCM) 8-5|
|Saint Leo 7-3, 2-2 SSC; National ranking #15; Regional ranking #5|
|Florida Southern 3-5, 1-4 SSC; National ranking #29; Regional ranking #7|
|Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,4,3,1,6,5)|