SURPRISE, Ariz. - The Buccaneers seem to be right at home here. Read the full story.
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.
MELBOURNE, Fla. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced its 2015 ITA Division II Region Awards on Wednesday. Sunshine State Conference athletes received 10 total awards, four on the men’s side and six on the women’s side. Read the full story.
MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – Barry University men's tennis got the ultimate Surprise.
The No. 2-seeded Buccaneers beat No. 4 Saint Leo, 5-1, Sunday in the South Region 1 championship at Buccaneer Tennis Center. In the process, Barry (22-0) punched its ticket to the NCAA Finals in Surprise, Ariz.
"It's a special place for me. We had our best season ever there (two years ago)," Bucs senior Fabian Groetsch said. "I'm really happy to go back there."
Barry won its 12th region championship, riding the momentum of dominant doubles play to set the tone.
Groetsch and Ahmed Triki beat Bruno Sisti and Alex Theiler, 8-5, at No. 1 doubles. Groetsch served Barry to a 2-1 lead when Triki pounded a winner at the net right down the middle of the court. Saint Leo squared the match at 2-2, but Groetsch banged down a winner at the net, and the Lions couldn't return Triki's serve as the Bucs went up 3-2. Sisti's powerful serve tied it up at 3-3, but Groetsch held serve for a 4-3 Bucs lead. After the Lions evened the match again, Triki held serve, firing off an ace to put the Bucs ahead 5-4. Groetsch pounded a winner as Barry broke the Lions to take a two-game lead. Groetsch served Barry to a 7-4 lead before Saint Leo held serve to cut it to 7-5. Groetsch slammed a cross-court winner and Triki's serve wrapped up the game for Barry's first point.
Franco Echenique and Renato Lombardi defeated Netanel Alcabas and Fons Verberne, 8-3, at No. 3 pairs. Echenique slammed a couple balls down for winners in the first two games as the Bucs jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Echenique served Barry to a 4-0 lead before the Lions held serve to cut it to 4-1. Lombardi served the Buccaneers to a 5-1 lead before Saint Leo answered back to cut it to 5-2. Saint Leo drew within 6-3, but the Bucs won the final two games as Echenique ripped a winner to put Barry ahead 2-0 in the match.
"In doubles, Renato and I came out really strong. We broke them the first game," Echenique said. "After that, we played well. We had good communication throughout the whole match, and then in singles I kept the same intensity. I was really focused on my game."
Echenique's 6-1, 6-0 win over Jacobo Gonzalez-Tarrio at No. 6 singles clinched the title.
At No. 2 doubles, Kevin Sielmann and Dominik Haider beat Guillaume Vanelven and Gonzalez-Tarrio, 8-3. The Lions won the first game before Sielmann and Haider took control. Sielmann hit a volley for a winner, and Haider served the Bucs to a 5-1 lead. Sielmann served the Bucs to a 6-2 lead. After the Lions held serve, Haider moved the Bucs within a point of clinching. Then he won a point at the net to clinch the match and sweep pairs for the Buccaneers.
Groetsch beat Alcabas, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 2 singles. Groetsch fired off an ace for a 5-4 lead in the first set. But Groetsch hit a winner down the line, and broke Alcabas to win the first set. Groetsch hit a baseline winner in the second set to go up three games to love. Groetsch was on cruise control until Alcabas won two games, facing elimination, to cut it to 5-2 in the second set. But Groetsch won the next game to cap his final match at Buccaneer Tennis Center with a victory.
"On one hand it's a really good feeling. On the other hand, I'm also a little bit sad about my last competition match," Groetsch said.
Lombardi won the first three games before Sisti battled back to draw within 4-3. After swapping the next two games, Lombardi closed out the first set. Egor Panyushkin beat Nico Dreer, 6-1, 7-5, at No. 3 singles. Haider won the first set, 6-4, and trailed 4-3 in the second in his No. 4 singles with Vanelven. Triki dropped the first set to Theiler, 6-4, before taking a 3-2 lead in the second.
"I think we work hard next week and finish off our finals at school," Groetsch said. "Then we're really happy to fly to Surprise, Arizona." Read the full story.