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SKILLMAN, N.J. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced its 2015 ITA Men’s Division II All-American Teams. The Sunshine State Conference received six total All-American honorees. Read the full story.
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At the start of every match, the Barry University men’s tennis team gathers in a circle and performs a pep chant. Read the full story.
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Barry University is headed back to the NCAA Championship match.
The No. 2-ranked Buccaneers beat No. 8 Lander, 5-2, Friday in the NCAA Division II semifinals at Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex to earn a trip to Saturday's 12 p.m. EST title match against No. 1 Hawai'i Pacific. It will be Barry's eighth trip to the NCAA Championship, and their first since winning it all in 2013 in Suprise.
"It wasn't easy, but we made it," Barry's Ahmed Triki said. "Now with this win, it gives us a lot of confidence. We have one more match to play. This is it. We're there."
This victory came with a lot of grit and tension as Lander (19-4) pushed the Buccaneers in every match, including four singles matches that were extended to a third set.
Barry's No. 3 doubles team of Franco Echenique and Renato Lombardi gave the Bucs a little cushion after beating Samuel Poutignat and Benjamin Salle, 8-6, for a 2-1 lead. Lander's Marc Hofer and Thibaut Leoussoff rallied back to defeat Kevin Sielmann and Dominik Haider, 8-6, at No. 2 doubles to tie the match at 1-1. Barry's No. 2-ranked pair of Fabian Groetsch and Triki defeated third-ranked Adam Jonsson and Loic Minery, 8-5, at the No. 1 position for the first point.
"First of all, I'm just so happy to be through and to play in the finals in my last match for Barry," Groetsch said. "It's a finals, so I can not be happier. I think we're going to give everything tomorrow.
After third-ranked Triki delivered an efficient 6-4, 6-1 win over Hofer at No. 1 singles to put the Bucs ahead 3-1, Lander turned the tables. Jonsson defeated Haider 6-3, 6-3, at No. 5 to cut the gap to 3-2. All the other matches were headed to third-set tiebreakers.
Barry's Nico Dreer pulled out a second-set tiebreaker to force a third set at No. 3 singles against Minery, and went on for a remarkable comeback, winning 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-0, to give the Bucs a 4-2 lead.
Fourth-ranked Groetsch forced a third set, winning a gritty second set tiebreaker. Sielmann forced a third set after dropping the first. Both led in the third set.
Lombardi rallied back after dropping the first set, 6-4, winning the next two, 6-3, 6-2, to clinch the victory for Barry.
"I was a little tight at the beginning in the first set. It was tough," Lombardi said. "But then I managed to get back to the match, win the second set. Then, thanks to the cheering of the guys who came back to support, it was easier -- the third. And it went well." Read the full story.