Barry shocks top-ranked Pirates
Final point came at No. 2 singles between top-5 ranked players
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. -- Fifth-ranked Barry came storming back to defeat top-ranked Armstrong Atlantic for the second consecutive year in the NCAA Division II Championship, easing to 5-4 victory on Thursday to advance into the national quarterfinals.
In doubles action, the fifth-ranked doubles team of Emanuel Fraitzl and Max Wimmer fell 8-2 to No. 1 Rafael Array and Mikk Irdoja. The Bucs took games three and seven, but were unable to hold off the top-ranked duo in the country.
In the third flight, Eudaldo Bonet and Dan Regan took a win against Sergio Velez and Ollie Lemaitre. Though Barry led 3-2 and later 5-4, the Pirates took the final three games to win the set.
The Buccaneers’ first point came at No. 2 doubles where Marco Mokrzycki and Quentin Vachez beat Matus Mydla and Pedro Scocuglia 8-6. The Pirates led 6-4 midway through the set before the Bucs took four consecutive games to earn the win.
In singles action, the Bucs needed four points to take the team victory. Barry won at flights one, two, three and six.
The Bucs notched it up at 2-2 when Lemaitre won by default at the fifth flight after his opponent was forced to withdraw. Lemaitre led 6-3, 2-0.
The Pirates bounced back, taking a 3-2 lead after Scocuglia beat Romain Costamagna 6-4, 6-3 at No. 6.
Barry tied it up once more after Wimmer beat the top-ranked player in the country, Bonet, in impressive fashion 7-6 (8-6), 6-2. In the first-set tiebreaker Wimmer took the first six points before giving Bonet the next six. Wimmer finished it by taking the final two points.
Moments later, No. 36 Mokrzycki gave Barry the 4-3 lead by downing 23rd-ranked Mydla in straight sets 6-4, 7-5. Mokrzycki took the final three games in the second for the win.
In typical Barry-Armstrong fashion, the Pirates tied it once more at 4-4 when No. 24 Array beat Velez 6-3, 7-6 (7-1).
The final point came down to the top flight where No. 2 Irdoja and fourth-ranked Fraitzl faced off in a heated match. Fraitzl dominated the first set, winning 6-2. Irdoja owned the second set, flipping the score and winning 6-2 himself.
In the third set, Irdoja took the early 2-1 lead before Fraitzl won five consecutive points to take the third-set win 6-1 with the final tally in favor of Buccaneers’ senior 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.
With the win, the Buccaneers avenged an earlier 6-3 loss to the Pirates on April 8