Rollins outlasts No. 3 Barry
Following delay, Morris win deciding match to lift Tars
WINTER PARK, Fla. -- Just five days after upsetting the nation's top team, sixth-ranked Rollins scored perhaps an even bigger win, beating third-ranked Barry 5-4 on Saturday.
Down 4-2, Rollins (12-6, 5-1 Sunshine State Conference) picked up three-set victories at three and six singles to knot the score 4-4 before rain settled in. After a three-hour weather delay, senior Jeff Morris won seven consecutive points at No. 2 singles to clinch the win for Rollins.
Rollins took the top doubles match as 10th-ranked Lucas Jovita and Jason Alabaster beat 13th-ranked Daniel Schmidt and Fabian Groetsch 9-8(3).
Barry (15-3, 4-1) went to take the other two doubles points. Constantin Sturdza and Bernardo Barroso fell to Marco Mokrzycki and Leo Vivas 9-2 in the No. 2 match while Moris and Ari Davis dropped an 8-5 decision to Ollie Lemaitre and Romain Costamanga at No. 3.
Second-ranked Jovita cruised past 11th-ranked Mokrzycki 6-1, 6-1 in the top singles match. At No. 3, 43rd-ranked Christensen downed Daniel Schmidt 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 and Strudza won the No. 6 match 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 6 match.
Sixth-ranked Morris won the first set against Costamanga 6-3, but dropped the second 3-6. He was down in the third when the rains came but regrouped and came back to win the third and deciding set 7-5.
The win puts Rollins firmly in second place in the SSC standings with just Eckerd left on the schedule.